1. Over or as if over the side of a boat or ship.
2. To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.
Does this seem like it should be one of our words?
I make a fair bit of my living with words. I write. I edit. I perform songs I’ve written when I get the opportunity.
Words are big business
Well, they are for me.
And there are lots of those words that apply to us.
Some of them are good. Some of them are bad.
Some are just us. Neither good, nor bad, just … ADHDish.
And “overboard” seems like it fits us pretty well.
Really? You need an explanation? You haven’t ever found some blog that has hundreds of posts and just immersed yourself in it for hours?
You’ve not noticed the evilness of Netflix giving you less than ten seconds to decide whether you want to watch the next episode of the show you’re streaming?
You’ve never done one craft project and then gone out and bought everything you’d need to set yourself up in business doing that craft for life … and then done maybe one more project like that and wound up with all that stuff in Rubbermaid totes in the basement of your parent’s house?
That’s overboard …
… and that’s us.
Lately though, I’ve been trying hard to go overboard at not getting sucked into the vortex that leads to such things.
And I think I’m doing pretty good. Admittedly I still have a pretty huge wish list on Amazon, and eBay and Amazon both haunt the Facebook feed with those teasers that say, “We know what you’ve been looking at, we know what you want.”
I have also experienced seeing ads from both of them trying to tempt me to buy something I’ve already purchased .. through them. They could get a little smarter about that, eh?
So that has helped to turn me off of online shopping enough that I feel I’m in control.
I’m still on top of this.
I try to limit my binging to things that don’t cost, or things that I can only use one of.
However, I thought that would be the case with kayaks. And I’m here to tell you that you can actually justify two of them. Maybe even more, though I intend not to find out if that’s true.
I mean, if anyone could justify owning three kayaks it would probably be me.
I’ve figured it out
Justifying binging is a lot like marketing. Let’s call it self marketing. You consider the pros, and then you repeat them, no matter how flimsy or trivial they are, in a big voice, using inflection that suggests that this factor alone is the single most important thing to consider.
So from now on I’m just not going to consider the pros of any other kayak ownership.
I’ll concentrate on not going overboard on kayaks, in either sense of the word.