Unless you’re a blue checkmark-verified celebrity, the lifestyle you’ve adopted these days is more spartan than sumptuous. You’ve cut back on the many luxuries you used to enjoy and unless you’re currently at the bottom of a pizza and ice cream binge of self-destruction, you aren’t really focused on the rich pleasures of previous lives. I myself have been reduced to a single takeout order a week in lieu of the usually hungover orders of fiery Goat Vindaloo and Salty Lassis from the Indian join a few blocks over. Lately however, the lines of luxury blur a little and if luxury is defined as the non-essential, desirable, and extravagant, do we actually have some power to live luxuriously these days?
At a bare minimum – and I realize said minimum is already more than many can afford – I count my essentials as being able to pay my monthly rent, utilities, and health insurance and eat something resembling three meals a day. If so, everything above and beyond can be a luxury:
- Spontaneously running a (second) hot shower in the middle of the day for no good reason.
- Pouring a Martini into an ice cold glass after a nap.
- Stumbling on a good song to listen to while washing dishes.
- Having enough time to just watch the cherry blossoms bloom outside my window.
- Eating dinner with a cloth napkin I stole from a Business Class flight on my lap.
- Ending the day in silence with non-freezer burned ice cream and fresh mint.
These may sound silly to some, overly extravagant to others, and far too fleeting for most. But they’re enjoyably rich to me. You may be drowning in work, childcare responsibilities, and recursive thoughts today, but beyond your bare minimum, what luxury can you savor today?