Today’s word: mottainai
The dictionary I use defines mottainai as “too good; more than one deserves; wasteful; sacrilegious; unworthy of.” My mom tends to use it to mean “wasteful.” Sometimes it had to do with taking more food on my plate than I could eat and leaving it uneaten; sometimes, it had to do with wanting to buy something my mom thought was too expensive and wouldn’t be durable. It would be a waste of money to buy something frivolous, my mom would argue with me– mottainai.
Today, I have a hard time buying things for myself, even if they are things I need, like clothes. I’m in the midst of working on managing my finances better, which I desperately need to do.