Instant Gratification


We've gotten pretty used to a world where we can think of almost anything, look it up online or on an app on our phone, order it, and it will be at our doorstop as quickly as we want it there. 

It's Sunday and you're hungover and want pizza and cheesy bread? There's an app for that, and it will be delivered to you in less than an hour. You don't technically even have to put pants on...that's your call. You don't even have to go to the grocery store. Your milk and eggs can be brought to you and dropped off in the middle of the night. You don't even have to be awake! They will be waiting for you before you go to work in the morning if that's when you want it.
Looking for a pink sweatshirt with purple sequin hearts? Google it. I bet you can find it and have it delivered to you in less than 3 days. (I didn't do the research on that one 'cause if I found it, I might purchase it, and no one needs that). I could go on...

I just saw an ad for a food truck delivery service. This idea is great, 'cause in LA I was always wanting a food truck that was all the way across town that day, and there was no way I was driving to Santa Monica from Burbank for lunch. Or maybe I just didn't want to walk to the other parking lot in 95 degrees... Either way, if someone was going to deliver me a sushi burrito and I never had to leave the air conditioning? Where do I sign up?

In theory, having anything we could ever want at our fingertips is fantastic. But what ever happened to wanting for things? Isn't it ok to not be instantly gratified all the time? When I was 16 and away from my high school boyfriend for a whole month one summer (16 year old me actually thought I was being tortured), my parents kept saying "Distance makes the heart grow fonder." While I hated them for even thinking they could make me feel better with such a ridiculous notion, they (per the usual) turned out to be right. And while I would love, more than anything, to have that sushi burrito delivered to me on the daily, it made it that much better the few times a month I would venture out into the heat to get it.

Maybe it's just me, but I think we could all stand to endure a little deprivation. Try it. Let me know what you think.