We're thinking about buying a house. And we're thinking about getting a new van. The majority of Jeff and my conversations these days is about these things-- what we want, what we need, what we can afford, etc. In both cases, I want nicer ones than Jeff does.
I was thinking about this and I had to admit to myself that I want more than we can afford. I've gotten caught up in wanting what other people have. Family X has a really nice van. I want one. Family Y has a really nice house. I want one. And the list goes on. There are lots of people in similar circumstances as we are that have nicer things than we do. And I've latched onto the idea that we could have them too.
But I need to pull in the reigns. It's just not practical to get a nice new van and a nice new house. Just because someone else has something doesn't mean I need it or have to have it, or should have it. Sometimes it's hard to see people who have the things you want but don't have. I just need to keep reminding myself that nicer things will come later. Now is not the time for nicer things for us. There are higher priorities. So the dream will have to wait a little bit longer. It's not a bad thing, just something I have to get used to.