The other day I made this tweet with the following image:
It seemed to draw quite a bit of attention so I decided to write a post and ask the anime fans reading this to share any images you might have showing how your room has changed over the years. As with community projects I’ve done in the past, I invite anyone with a blog, webpage, social media account, etc. to share your experiences. Send me a link and I’ll make a list at the bottom of this post.
For those of you wondering about the details of what happened to my room, it’s pretty much what you see. In 2005 I was just finishing high school and literally had pennies in my pocket. Any anime posters I had were purchased for $3 using spare change I found while scouring the sidewalks for months. I had summer jobs in university, but most of my pay went to food and paying tuition fees. After graduating from engineering and finding a full-time job I went on a years-long spending spree, and the result is what you see in the 2011 picture. I bought game consoles, computers, anime posters, magazines, books, cards, figures, and pretty much anything I thought looked nice. Now keep in mind that I’m not advocating for people to go and spend away their pay cheques. In fact, most of my earnings were placed into a savings account which I intended to use to buy my first house. Some of you might be wondering why I would buy a house rather than more anime stuff; well, I was literally climbing over figure boxes at one point and needed more space.
Fast-forward a couple years to 2013 and I was at a point where I could make a nice down payment on a beautiful house in a nice neighbourhood. I was ready to go house shopping, but then another thought came up: why not go back to school and make even more money so I can buy a bigger house and fill it with more anime goodies? That’s exactly what I did last year – spent my entire life savings (and more) on a degree I’m hoping will pay back many times over. The impact on my room (albeit a different one) is a reversion back to basics.
Since leaving my job and forking over my life savings to my new school, I’ve only purchased 1 figure. The result is a somewhat normal looking room.
So there you have it. In less than a decade, I’ve gone from a bare bones display of my passion for anime to such extremes that it would scare most people, and back down to something moderate. Looking back, it’s pretty interesting how it all reflects my financial situation at the time.
Now that I’ve shared how my room has changed over time, I’d like to hear from you. Has your room changed with your financial situation, like mine, or is it because of something else? A change of tastes? Gradual build-up? Peer pressure? I’d love to see before and after pictures if you have them.