Mathilde Shares Stories
#12 Black Leather Jacket
Hey there 👋 I’m Mathilde. Every week I explore the intersection of consumerism, myth, satisfaction, desire, joy and pride. Not specifically in that order. To brag at your next dinner, Objet is the french word for 'object' and should be pronounced 'OB-JEH'. You're welcome.
As you know, I regularly pay a small tribute to an existing object that I live with, by writing down its story.
#12 Black Leather Jacket
2016. I had been leering on a black leather jacket for a couple months, my heart balancing between the want (and all the great reasons that this purchase was absolutely serious) and the guilty feeling of buying a brand new piece of skin.
What was more acceptable? Buying a brand new item from a respectable brand, or an existing one from a not so thoughtful brand? I chose the latter. Ordering second-hand online was a premiere for me. I love wandering through thrift stores as you already know, and so the idea of making a not-so-insignificant purchase without touching or trying it on first-hand, I was skeptical. The seller had good reviews, the shape was exactly what I had in mind, plus the FOMO of seeing it go away. Voila.
A week or so later, I received the package. As I was trying it on, I quickly realized 1) I would not be able to wear any pullover under it ; 2) nor would I ever be able to zip it up.. unless I’d stop breathing - but bah, you know what, never mind, it looked way better wide open.
What I could not expect is that the first time I’d be wearing it would be the funeral of my beloved grandma, just a few days later. I can still hear the so peculiar leather creaking while hugging warm and deep my family. Fortunately since then, we’ve experienced funnier times together.
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About generosity. I like Joshua’s take on generosity. Basically, don’t try to make a few bucks here and there, donate instead. Generosity creates joy, and encourages you to keep this momentum of letting go more easily. These few bucks usually don’t make up for your time. Trading your time against money can be a dangerous path.
About what money does not provide. 60% of people say that they are held back from the future they want because of past mistakes they’ve done. 90% of us have financial-related stress. We keep expecting money to provide something it will not give us. 87% of millionaires say they are not wealthy.
📰 [🇫🇷] Comment te dire adieu. Lovely tribute (in French tho) to a soon-to-be-given away sofa!
Til next week,