Holiday shopping can be a very tiring chore to do. For some people. But for me, shopping in general, always gets me going. I loooove shopping. And I think many girls will agree with me when I say shopping helps shift one’s mood and energy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, that at the end of the day, I was able to shop for the things I need — well, also, for what I think other people need.
Yesterday’s weather was wet and crazy. Normally, I would just stay in bed and curl up under my cozy sheets on a rainy day. But the weather didn’t stop me from my love of shopping. I got up early and made sure to be at the malls when it opens. I was alert and organised — moving from one shop to the next, comparing prices in my head and heading back to those shops where I could get a better deal. It takes a lot of time and effort to weave through the shops to sort out for shirts, dresses, toys, groceries, etc. But I don’t mind the tedious experience. In fact, I love it.
This brings me to thinking why do we love to shop? Researchers say that this can be traced back to early history, thousands of years before Christ walked the earth. While men were busy hunting, women were gathering, which is contrary to what many believe that women just stayed home. Even in those days, women moved from one bush to the next, picking fruits and berries and making sure they picked the best for their families. It was a practice that went on and on and on. In the modern times, mass media made it more exciting for women to “gather”. They were involved in surveys and researches and focus group discussions as to which fabric, food item, kitchen appliance, etc is better.
As for me, these theories only give more meaning to my love for shopping. I am a conscious “gatherer” and I love it.