Winning what you need versus what you want

Winning what you need Versus What you want

It can be a confusing conundrum for a comper. Should you enter competitions for things that you need versus things you just want. My needs and wants are endless when it comes to prizes and there are endless competitions to fulfill my every hearts desires. I really really want an overseas holiday but I know what I really need is a dryer this winter. I even sometimes just enter the big competitions just so I can daydream about travelling. Although all these trips would be nice I don’t know where I would find the time. One would need long service leave to go on all the trips I want to win. Plus, not to mention all the spending money you would need. It probably wouldn’t be practical at this point in time even If I won one overseas trip. So there may be practical reasons why winning what you really want wouldn’t be good for you. Also if you’re going to turn into a greedy monster if you win something big and lose all your friends and family as a result, that prize is not what you want or need.

 

My want list ranges from cash, trips, spa days, shopping sprees and maybe a new wardrobe which falls in the ‘want’ and ‘need’ category. Deep down I know I need more practical objects like electrical’s. To win something useful feels almost like a perfectly productive day. You win something that you or your mum can ‘use’ every day-so satisfying. Like a gift you buy for someone and 5 years later at a dinner party, you see them get that Swiss army knife out and that ‘hero’ feeling comes over you.

Then there’s the whole karmic factor to take into consideration. If you enter competitions for things you really don’t need, are you taking a chance away from someone who does need it?

So what to do. Cast your net far and wide or fish in a smaller pond?  Whatever your decision is, one thing is for sure be careful what you wish for and be careful what you win.

 

Nicole is a writer, blogger and long time comper with her debut novel Confessions of a Comperholic due for release at the end of the year. You can find her at ActivePatience.com.

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