Why does something have to be broken to fix it?

The time had come to replace my faithful, but aging car.  I had meticulously cared for it over the years so it ran & looked great. However, with 154K miles, it was time for something a little roomier, more power, more style, and of course lower miles.  

I owned my previous car for 7 years, I knew this day would come and had been preparing. As I began shopping, I’d tell people “I’m looking for a newer car”, in hopes that they would share the excitement.  Some did, but a lot of the responses were an immediate “What’s wrong with your old one!”  Ummm, nothing, just time for something newer.  Over and over again I was met with the same, almost antagonistic response: “What’s wrong with it? If it runs fine, why are you getting rid of it”? “Drive it into the ground. When it breaks then replace it”.  I knew they were only trying to help.      

I took their advice to heart, reviewed my plans and came back with the same answers.  I’ve long since bought the car but the concept still intrigues me to this day:

Why does something have to be broken to fix it?

That’s pretty limiting when you think about it. Sure, we shouldn’t be carelessly throwing things away and supporting rampant consumerism. However, at the same time, we shouldn’t hold on to something that is not working for us just because it’s not broken.

If I buy something that works, but doesn’t work as I need it to, than it’s not working. It’d be a waste for me to keep it when it could work for someone else.

I’m a firm believer in being able to change out of choice , not just out of necessity.  So unlimit yourself; don’t wait to make positive changes just because something isn’t broken.


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