Monday, January 2, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

If I could make one New Year's resolution, it would be to learn how to make a quick decision.  I know.  Quick decisions usually get most people into trouble.  For me, it's the opposite.  Indecision is the bane of my existence. I have to weigh each decision. Look at the pros and cons.  Which is usually a good thing.  But I'm also a procrastinator -- yeah, New Year's resolution #2: Stop Procrastinating.

My latest roller coaster ride is over the purchase of a new camera bag. A couple of years ago I thought it would be really great to have a camera bag that didn't look like a camera bag.  Why couldn't a camera bag look like a purse?  Seems I wasn't the only woman out there with that thought and found several websites where enterprising women had designed gorgeous, functional bags at price tags that were way out of my league.  So I settled for a inexpensive Lowepro sling bag, an easy decision as I found it for cheap on eBay.  Getting a good deal often succeeds in breaking the ugly cycle of indecision for me.  It gets me a lot of stuff I could have lived without, but at least I didn't pay full price.

Then one day on a casual visit to National Camera my eyes landed on a Kelly Moore bag.  Now, for a girl who can use the same purse day in and day out for several years, it's saying a lot that I noticed these bags. Maybe it was the fake croc skin that drew me, but I immediately went home and turned to the internet. I knew I had found my bag -- or at least the maker of my bags. Now I had to decide which one of the many styles she offers was the right bag for me. The 2-Sues bag had my name written all over it. But I was in no hurry. This was a want, not a need.  

Another visit to National Camera for a new tripod (another struggle with indecisiveness) and they have more Kelly Moore bags. I immediately fall in love with the B-hobo bag.  I want one.  I have to have one.  And I have to have it by next Friday. But which color? There are at least 8 colors shown on line.  The store only has three of them: a black (I have way too much black), mustard (yuk) and red (will red go with any of my purple outfits?).  I think I want a teal.   So we drive to another store and they have one in teal.  Only it's the same color teal of my computer screen.  Not sure.  Maybe I should go with the red?  The next day I drive to another camera store which my GPS assures me is sitting in the middle of an intersection.  After driving around for thirty minutes I call, and find they're closed for the holidays.

I get advice. I stare at pictures. I really want hot pink, but that would have to be ordered off the internet and to get it by Friday I'd have to pay an extra $20 and......see what I mean?  If I had been able to make the decision when I first found these beautiful bags, I'd have exactly what I wanted and wouldn't be running around at the last minute trying to find what I wanted, knowing I'm going to have to settle in the end or just give it up. And this is not an isolated incident. This is how my brain works. I can hear my friends laughing; they've seen me in action.

So, New Years Resolution #1.  Learn to make a quick decision.

Maybe I'll just get the black one.


Anonymous said...

can we vote?? i like the red one!!


theresa anne

Pat Dennis said...

This post is SO you! It describes you perfectly.

Marilyn V. said...

Yes, I would be happy to take votes. The red one looks a bit orangey in person, but it's still a possibility --oops I'm changing my mind again. arghhhhhh.