Have you ever saved a certain much loved outfit for that very special occasion only to take it out of the wardrobe and find its too small or eaten by moths? How about putting that gift certificate to the side, waiting until you can buy the perfect thing only to find it months later and see that it has expired?
If you answered yes, then you are likely suffering from pleasure procrastination. An article in the New York Times discusses new findings by scientists who have uncovered this odd sort of disorder in humans. Apparently it involves a bit of greed on our parts- we want the best and do not want to settle for less even if in the end it means we get nothing. We save that special bottle of wine for that very special night out there in our future with that very special person, our soul mate, waiting for us to fall into his open arms. But instead that ideal never materialises and the cat accidentally knocks the special bottle of wine off the shelf and the person ends up with nada.
So, let's not put off fun we could have today waiting for that perfect tomorrow that never arrives. Do you want to go scuba diving but you're waiting to lose that last 10 kgs? Do you want to visit the museum but can't seem to make time in your weekends full of clothes washing? Do you want to write that book but don't want to take time away from your family for something so indulgent?
The term pleasure procrastinator makes me sad. Don't be one of them.