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Lesson from a New Wallet and Old Pair of Shoes

Posted on: January 16, 2018

Ceritanya gue beli dompet baru untuk menggantikan dompet lama yang sudah usang. Gue lalu pergi ke Kate Spade Kokas dengan harapan akan menemukan dompet model terbaru yang belum dijual oleh online shops di Instagram atau Tokopedia. Kalau gue cuma mau beli dompet Kate Spade model lama (yang cuma polos-polos aja), harga di online stores bisa jauh lebih murah.

Sesampainya di sana, gue tidak bisa menemukan model dompet yang sesuai harapan gue. Ada yang bagus warnanya, tapi jelek modelnya. Begitu juga sebaliknya. Gue sempat keluar dari toko, lalu gue masuk kembali, dan setelah menimbang agak lama, gue beli dompet pink yang gue sangat suka dengan warna dan ukuran dompetnya. Masalanya cuma satu: dompet ini modelnya agak terlalu sederhana. Cuma kelihatan sedikit berbeda dengan dompet Kate Spade keluaran lama. Tapi nggak papa. Sentuhan aksen pita dan deretan batu menyerupai permatanya itu terlihat cantik dan serasi dengan warna dompetnya.

Saking seringnya belanja di Kate Spade, gue tidak cek harga terlebih dulu. Gue langsung bayar ke kasir. Saat kasir menyebutkan harga, dalam hati gue cukup kaget juga. Sejak kapan harga dompet Kate Spade jadi semahal itu? Sekitar 40% lebih mahal dari biasanya. Karena batu-batuan yang menyerupai permata itu kah? Tapi apa boleh buat. Kasihan SPG-nya kalau sampai batal. Harganya masih masuk budget gue dan gue hanya kecewa karena untuk model sederhana seperti itu biasa dijual dengan harga lebih murah. Gue butuh banget dompet baru dan mungkin, memang ada yang istimewa dari dompet pink itu.

Dan ternyata, memang benar ada sesuatu yang istimewa dengan dompet baru gue itu. Belum sampai satu hari, gue langsung jatuh cinta dengan dompet gue sendiri. Gue senang lihatnya, senang tiap kali mengeluarkan dompet dari dalam tas. Gue sering bilang sama diri gue sendiri, “Aduh, cantiknya dompet gue!” Dan jika gue perhatikan, batu-batu di dompet gue itu memang membuat dompetnya terlihat lebih menawan, dan lebih mewah juga. Akhirnya gue bilang sama diri gue sendiri, “Ok, it is worth the price.”

Kejadian dompet itu lalu mengingatkan gue dengan sandal usang gue belasan tahun yang lalu. Waktu itu, ceritanya bokap beliin gue sandal baru sebagai hadiah. Awalnya, gue enggak suka sama sandal itu. Sandal gunung yang lebih cocok untuk anak cowok. Tapi karena enggak mau mengecewakan bokap, gue putuskan untuk mulai pakai sandal gunung yang ternyata nyaman banget dipakai itu! Sandal itu akhirnya jadi sandal favorit gue dan masih saja gue pakai saat mereka mulai tampak menua. Biasanya gue tipe orang yang saat usang sedikit saja akan langsung gue ganti dengan yang baru, tapi kali itu gue tetap saja suka memakai si sandal gunung untuk acara-acara kasual. Gue tetap pakai, sampai suatu hari teman gue meminta sandal itu dari gue. Dia tahu gue tipe orang yang suka memberikan barang gue yang sudah agak usang ke orang lain, dan waktu itu dia benar-benar butuh sandal “baru” untuk mengganti sandal dia yang sudah rusak berat. He needed them more than I did, so there I gave them anyway.

Apa kesamaan dari cerita dompet baru dan sandal tua gue itu? Kesamaannya adalah belajar menerima apa yang sudah kita miliki, karena bisa jadi, hal itu akan menjadi hal terbaik yang pernah kita miliki.

Some things will always seem too much or too little for us in the beginning, we will never know their real value to us until we give it a shot.

Akhir-akhir ini, gue harus melewati beberapa perubahan besar dalam hidup gue dan tidak semuanya terasa menyenangkan. Tulisan ini pun sebetulnya gue tulis untuk jadi reminder bahwa bisa jadi, perubahan ini juga akan jadi hal-hal terbaik yang pernah terjadi dalam hidup gue ini. Dijalani dulu, dengan ikhlas, baru nanti gue boleh menghakimi keputusan gue sendiri di kemudian hari.

Perfect life is impossible to find, but many things like my new wallet and old sandals have unexpectedly made my life way beyond awesome! Take a deep breath and here I am, starting my new life!




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I used to read a quote written by my former lecture saying that even a bad decision would always be much better than no decision at all. It reminded me of the decisions I put on hold and I asked myself, “What prevents me from making all those decisions?” I could instantly listed down many personal reasons that didn’t even sound good to myself. So there I made a couple of decisions; the good ones and the bad ones, and apparently it was so true: even bad decision was still better than no decision at all. First of all, it helped me to move on. I no longer waited for this and that; I made decisions and I started to make the actions. It also gave me a peace of mind knowing that I owed nothing to anyone, not even to myself. And most importantly, all those decisions made me learn, notably the bad ones. It’s not that I intentionally made a bad one, but well, how did I know my decision was bad until I gave it a try? Ever since the day I decided to stop putting my decisions on hold, my life felt a lot lighter and I have never been more proud of myself. Other people might not be happy with my decisions, but I only do what I’ve got to do and they can’t blame me for having courage to do the things they’re not willing to do. If it holds me back and nobody wants to make the call, then let me do the honor. It’s actually that simple, and again, it sets me free.
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