Vishnu and I have been together for almost 11 years, and in that time, we’ve picked up quite a few things from each other. I would venture to say that Vishnu’s much more of a foodie now because of me. He’s also way more into deep conversations now than he was 11 years ago! On the flip side, his laid back attitude has rubbed off on me to a degree, and I’m also much more open to trying new things because of him.
In the past 11 years, I’ve also changed my thinking around the whole quality vs. quantity debate. And trust me, in our house, it’s often a debate!
Vishnu’s thought process is that quality almost always trumps quantity. He strives to have fewer nicer things and less junk. He’d rather spend a little extra and keep something for years versus skimp on cost and ultimately have to replace the item sooner than expected.
The old Parita had the opposite mindset. I never gave quality a second thought because I wanted all the things. My closet was proof of this!
Since marrying Vishnu almost four years ago, my thinking has started to shift for sure. Now, when making a purchasing decision, I always think about quality. However, I will argue that knowing when to spend a little more is key (because it’s not always necessary!).
If I did a little then and now analysis, the three categories that have shifted/are starting to shift for me the most would include makeup/skincare, clothing, and food. Good quality makeup is an absolute must for me, especially anything that gets smeared on my face! In terms of clothing, I’m still developing my sense of style (I know, it’s taken 32 years!). When I go shopping now, I don’t buy something just because it’s on sale. Quality plays a huge role in my decision making. And finally food. In my opinion, food is life, and let’s be honest, who has time for poor quality food. Not me!
Vishnu and I have always discussed quality vs. quantity in terms of physical things, but when I thought it about some more the other day, I realized that this applies to so many other aspects of life. For me, this thinking applies to the friendships I’m choosing to make and maintain. I was telling Vishnu the other day that I’d rather have two really good friends over 10 okay ones. I think most people would agree!
When you really think about it, quality plays such a huge role in our lives. From the quality of the things that surround us to the quality of the people we allow into our space to the quality of the thoughts that occupy our minds. It’s so important!
Based on this post and what I’m sharing, I guess I’m more of a convert than I’d like to admit to my husband. 🙂
Where do you fall in the quality vs. quantity debate?