Is there such a thing as a shopaholic?
My answer is yes there is, I was a shopaholic and here is my story.
In my late 20s I was addicted to shopping. I used to go clothes shopping every week-end for about a year! I would hit the high streets and come back home full of bags I could hardly carry. I did not recognize what was going on until I reflected back a few years later on what I did and I reviewed my money management.
A shopaholic is defined as a frequent shopper, especially one who is unable to control his or her spending.
I was showing all the signs of a shopaholic: I could not control my spending and no matter how many clothes, bags or shoes I bought I was still unhappy. It was exciting and exhilarating choosing these items in the shops however by the time I got home, the pleasure was gone and I felt miserable. I asked myself: why did I buy so many items? The pleasure of excessive shopping for clothes was short-lived because I felt guilty afterwards and I recognized that I went overboard each time. Buying clothes, shoes and bags every week-end was not fulfilling my sense of boredom and unhappiness.
In my 20s I also wanted to dress to impress! People often paid me a lot of compliments on the way I dressed however, my behaviour, which became a habit, was excessive. What I was actually doing was to fill my unhappiness with material things instead of reconnecting to my inner happiness. No material thing brought me true happiness and it is when I returned to love that I found happiness within.
If you are personally caught in this spiral of shopping every week-end like I was and unable to control your spending, it is time for you to reflect on where you are in your life, and whether you are seeking happiness from the outside in instead of from the inside out. Today, I can say that my heart is filled with love and joy every day. This is what matters the most, to fill your heart with love and share it with others.
Are you trying to fill a void? may it be a lack of happiness, joy or zest for life. The solution you seek is within you and nothing material or external will fill that void until you decide to explore, reflect and heal what is causing you pain and suffering and return to love in the process.
Words of wisdom: seek happiness from the inside out instead of from the outside in.
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