Life’s Evolution

Talk about writer’s block. You know you have it when you can’t even come up with a topic to blog about. 

I don’t have time for a nap and that’s what I’ve done before when trying to write. Instead, I had a minute, so I sat back and reviewed what I had been doing. And, wham it came to me. My life has changed, a lot. I can’t remember the last time I was at the mall. And, just last night I decided I needed a few more bath towels. Without a thought I went right to Amazon and searched. Wow, lots to choose from. I got what I was looking for in the color I wanted. Earlier that day I was looking for something in the closet and bemoaning the mess the shoes were in. I need to get rid of a lot but I also need to get better organized so bought a couple of racks that hang on the back of doors. In reading the reviews I got some other idea’s for organizers. So bottom line, I got more shopping done yesterday sitting on my rear than I would have spending a day at the mall. 

Let’s face it. Life is changing. And, not all for the bad. It might be a lot harder for younger people but for me shopping is starting to be a bit of a chore.  It takes me longer to get things done than it used to.  I still shop for big items and groceries at brick and mortar stores. But household and personal items I’m shopping online at least 95% of the time.  

I looked to see what was happening outside of my house and found:

* They are predicting that the total market share for online sales will rise to at least 18.1% in 2021. I’m thinking it’s going to be higher. 

* Industry player predict that the total online revenue for accessories, apparel, and footwear will rise to $145.8 billion by 2023. 

They even hold Black Friday sales online now. Looking back to even 5 years ago there has been a lot of changes to our way of life. Shopping is only one, but it a Big One. 

The Covid sort of accelerated life’s evolution but shopping has been evolving for a long time. Remember life before malls? Heck all too soon kids will be asking “what are malls”. Remember the Sears and Roebuck catalogs? Remember grocery day?  We can blame all the changes on COVID and it deserves the blame but with shopping it mostly sped up was inevitable.  

I’m settling in nicely with the “New” shopping and think of the Charles Darwin, 1809 quote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

6 responses to “Life’s Evolution

  1. That is a great quote. You should post that on Facebook as a reminder to folks that we need to adapt. And you’re right. I’m doing pretty much everything but grocery shopping online. Adapting. 🙂

  2. Love the Darwin quote. So true. And I’m with you. I hate to go out shopping. I did last weekend but I was disappointed as I traveled 35 miles to the Pottery Barn in Alabama as we don’t have one and now, they don’t either as it was gone! I was disappointed. Should’ve paid the shipping and saved the gas. Lol. Jillian

    • I know how it feels to see tried and true retail closed. For one thing it’s sad. I imagine it is even worse when you travel 70 miles round trip. Hard to embrace some changes.

  3. I have to admit to enjoying online shopping apart from clothes. Then again, I always have hated shopping for clothes whether in real shops or on the internet. Busy stores and streets are not my scene, so think it’s safe to say online shopping is here to stay. Dave is addicted to it too. Apart from garden centres and the DIY shop, he buys everything from it. However, I still insist on supermarket shopping for our food. Thankfully our store is tiny, we go early in the morning when the store is practically empty. Some days we’re the only customers in there. It’s our once a week outing together! Simple things to keep us happy.

  4. It’s taken me awhile to find apparel stores that I can depend on a large percentage of the time things fit. I hate sending things back. And, it can add a lot to the cost if you have to pay for postage.

    With so many brick and mortar stores closing I feel for those that have trouble adapting to change. And, your right about simple things keeping us happy.

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