If you read my Twitter or Facebook updates then you may already know that I’m selling some of my guitar equipment. Earlier this week I listed all of my effects pedals. People keep telling me not to sell my guitar or amp, that later I’ll be sorry. I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking and praying through it, and I’m pretty confident that I’m going to sell the whole lot of my gear, with the exception of my acoustic guitar. I’m just not playing anymore, and I’m not really interested in playing in the short term. I do think that I’ll be in a band again someday, but that could be next year or 20 years later. I’m also cancelling my Netflix account and downgrading my cell phone plan.
This is all the culmination of more than a year of thought and prayer on the matter. No, I’m not broke, and whether its dumb luck or the grace of God my job is secure for now. I also have some savings (of course I’d be glad to have more). I think the real issue is that I’m just tired of having all of this stuff, and I’m tired of seeing all of this money go out. Why hang on to an instrument that I’m not playing? Just so it’ll be there if I ever get the urge to play again? Its now been more than a year, how much longer am I supposed to wait for it?
At the moment, the thing that’s the most exciting to me is getting a fair price for my guitar and amp. Someone else will love them as much as I have, and I’ll have a few extra dollars in savings. Between that and my lowered monthly expenses I’ll have a few more inches of margin in my budget. And if the urge to be a rock star ever rises again, I’ll practice my face melting solos on an acoustic. If that gets old then I’ll go buy another guitar and amp.
It doesn’t even really feel like I’m giving anything up. Quite the opposite, it feels like I’m being smart.