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If you feel guilty about over-consumption of non-essential plastic toys that will, in all likeliness, eventually end up in a landfill and leach VOCs (such as vinyl chloride) into soil and groundwater and pollute the planet for future generations, well, that might be justified lol. Of course, I'm a guilty party, too!
Look at it this way, you set that money aside to obviously enjoy so why feel guilty spending it on Lego? If it helps make you feel better a lot of Lego sets retain a good portion of their value even used, so if you feel any guilt just remember you can probably reclaim some if not most of your initial investment if you choose to move on.
Just wanted to add, as long as you don't extend yourself financially and say.. buy Lego instead of paying bills or essentials than you should be good. It's when it becomes an obsession and you start losing track of your spending habits that guilt plays a role and is legit.
Ironically, in your case, the guilt is LITERALLY a bag of bricks.
Being a fiscally responsible adult sucks. Wish I was twelve again lol.
Kidding obviously. No, you are certainly not alone in the feeling you get whenever you stop a minute to ponder the total: "let's see, uh, there was $60 for the um... Then $140 for that whatsitcalled... $210 when I oh I'm getting dizzy..."
But to your question "will the guilt fade?"
Yes. Absolutely. It will mutate into PRIDE!
And yes, despite the slight guilt I am proud of my burgeoning collection and the spare bedroom it has enabled me to take over BWAHAHA!
And at first I felt really weird about enjoying lego until I saw there are so many adults that also enjoy this pleasure.
So I say don't feel guilty, you should be able to enjoy your hobby.
No matter they were poor, they always gave something in charity, and always had some money for play, and always got some books to read for the family. Even if it was something very little. My grandmother used to say that we need to keep balanced no matter how horrible the world around us, or how little we make. In fact it seems that people who go thru tough times unnderstand the importance of this balance even more. My grandma used to buy cut flowers from the play envelope to put at the dining table. She said it was important to remember there are beautiful things in the world - even if everyday life doesn't always readily suggests that.
So if you feel some lingering guilt, I would suggest you look at your financial situation and establish a balanced budget for all areas of your life. That way whatever you spend your play/hobbies money, you know exactly how much you can spend and do so guilt-free, because you know you are feeding your mind and spirit - and the mind and spirit needs care and feeding too, not just the body....(c;
It kinda works - as long as the numbers are in my head and not in an actual spreadsheet ;)
It also helps that the very first set I bought was the #10212 Imperial Shuttle, and everytime I buy something I say to myself: "well, at least it isnt as expensive as the Imperial Shuttle".
Some of my friends joke that I might need therapy to stop shopping LEGO, so I've actually calculated that therapy would cost a lot more ;)