Recently, I found myself thinking about the word expensive. How some things are expensive to me and other things are not at all expensive. There are items in the material world which cost so much that I feel it will take me a long time to accumulate enough money to buy those things. Expensive things they are.
I started wondering what expensive really means. It seems to be a combination of two words. Or two somethings that make a word. Ex is a prefix meaning “not including; without.” And pensive means “deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness.” Put them together and you basically get “without serious thought.” We describe a thing as being ex-pensive so somehow this thing is without serious thought?
After ruminating on these definitions with my thinking partner, we came up with three possible explanations for how ex and pensive we put together to mean something costs too much money in my mind.
1. You know the item costs too much money for you. You buy the product anyway and not think about it anymore after you decide to buy it. You now have this expensive thing that leads to sadness when that money is needed for other things.
2. You know the item costs too much money for where you are in life right now. You don’t have to think about it… you’re not getting whatever that item is. That can make some people sad.
3. You believe the item doesn’t cost too much money. It may cost a lot to most people but to you, it’s simply something you want. You have the money. You don’t ever think about not having enough money for anything. Money is what you trade to people to get what you want. Money comes easily to you. You can make and spend money whenever and however pleases you. You don’t ever have to give serious thought to money. A thing can still be expensive based on some measurement of your choosing but that still doesn’t stop you from having, doing, and being whatever you want.
I used to be at number 1. I feel that I’m at number 2 now. I am currently changing my perspective to allow number 3 to be my life experience.
What does expensive mean to you?