They say that ignorance is bliss, but I’ve always been the type of person who would rather know the truth than stay in the dark, even if the truth hurts. It’s better to be aware of what’s going on, or so I thought, until I did a quick Google search for mattresses and learned something I can never unlearn.
I know how much mattresses cost now and I’m not sure how I’m going to go on living knowing this fact.
When I first looked at the search results, it felt like the wind got knocked out of me. My head was spinning. A thousand dollars for a full-size mattress? More than a thousand for a queen? Mattresses are a basic necessity, like water and food, aren’t they? Everyone should have access to both! In what world do they cost this freaking much? In our world, apparently.
While I have recovered from the initial shock of my online search, I have begun to see the true injustices that exist in the mattress industry. If I can’t afford a tempurpedic mattress, then that means a lot of people can’t afford a tempurpedic mattress. But more importantly, I cannot afford one. In that moment, my devastation quickly turned into rage. How am I supposed to afford this when I have other monthly expenses that matter to me, like food or wine, or food? It’s just a rectangular pillow, right? And pillows are cheap right?
It was in that moment I had the wind knocked out of me yet again, after doing a second Google search that taught me pillows are also extremely expensive.
My journey from not knowing how much mattresses cost to suddenly finding out how much mattresses cost has been challenging to say the least. But in the end, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Since I’ve found out mattresses are so fucking expensive, I can help others who don’t know this shocking information. Now when a friend shares that she’s interested in buying a new mattress, I can break the news to her gently by saying, “They range from $300 for a bad one to $5000 for a great one. I wanted you to hear it from a friend.”
To all the women out there who will soon discover mattresses are absurdly expensive, stay strong. And if worse comes to worst and you’re really craving a mattress upgrade, just ask your dad to pay for it, which is what I did. Now, I have a perfect queen mattress and a box spring that I feel like I really earned. Even though I didn’t because again, my dad bought it for me.
Dream on, ladies, even though I should also let you know mattress delivery usually costs over $100!