It is well known in all my circles that I am a notoriously, impulsive, reckless shopper of things I absolutely do not need. It is not at all uncommon for me to take my friends shopping and step into a store with the ultimate resolution of not buying anything and in the end repenting “Why the hell did I even get into that store”??
I was so into it all, that one fine day I just made a harmless statement in front of a friend (which was more like a wish) :
“If ever I could get a huge amount of money to shop, I would end up buying almost everything on my wishlist!!”
I consider shopping as one of my hobbies, one I was very good at. I would proudly call myself a Pro at shopping and answer the shopping dilemmas of all my near and dear ones. One day out of the blue I got an offer from the same person, a bet precisely; that was as scary as it was tempting:
“I got 10k to spend. I had to spend the money buying non-perishable items. I had to spend it all in 25 mins. I should have all the bills amounting to no less than 9.5k and no more than 10k by the end of 25 mins.
Catch : If I don’t meet any of the above conditions – ofcourse, I am paying my bills and on top of it I am paying equal amount for my friends shopping (without any conditions).”
It felt like eating a Cheese cake initially but as I figured out the nitty gritties of what I will buy I ended up getting more worried. I was no longer playing for fun but playing to win (and that ofcourse gets you under pressure)!! I had all sorts of plans made by the time we reached the mall, which stores I would go to, what products I need, what things I want.
I never thought Shopping could get scary but then came the moment of truth; we started our timers for 25 mins at the entrance of the mall and I ran like a lost kid searching for his parents all over the place. I moved from store to store and passed 15 minutes without anything in my hands. I mean whats wrong I could do this in my sleep. But thankfully Promod and BodyShop came to my rescue. I could get my hands on a nice pair of shoes from Promod and then I went crazzzzzy at Body Shop to do the rest.
In the end I finished my challenge, meeting all the conditions but I couldnt rejoice any moment of the whole process. I became so competitive about my hobby that it didnt feel hobby-ish anymore. But yeah never had an hour as crazy as this, one moment I was in my PJ’s relaxing at home and other I was running from store to store. Grabbed stuff worth 10k 😀 😀 😀 & learned a lot if I ever get an offer like this again.. Hahaha!!