I have lots of things in my life. Some of these objects are for fun, some a spend most of their time just taking up space, some are actually useful, some are a burden but must be kept around anyway.
Many of the better objects in my life share a few common traits. These objects tend to be:
- less mainstream1
- more effective
- more difficult to use
- definitely more customizable
Most importantly these items all:
- feature interchangeable parts
I’ve recently noticed that I’ve been accepting more objects like these — ones that are a part of an open system — into my life. Why? This wasn’t a concerted effort but an unconscious desire for better experiences… I guess. On a micro-level, each time I chose one of these items, I obviously believed that it would improve a facet of my life that I care about, and do its job better than its more mainstream, more available, and (possibly) more convenient counterpart. I also understand why not everyone uses these objects, even though I know their benefits and find them more effective at their jobs.
So in the coming days (weeks, months, whatever) I’m going to be highlighting these objects and what they mean to me, how they earned their place in my life, and why I ultimately put up with them.
So stay tuned, or whatever you do on the Internet.
- Yeah, I know… but it’s true. So not a hipster. But isn’t that something a hipster would say?