This whole day as got me thinking. Living in the best country in the world, a good portion of our country’s citizens have more than enough to be thankful for (something I brought up in my last post) yet, media and society constantly tell us that we need more and we’re constantly plagued by the obessive need to buy and spend more money. Without a doubt, I can say I’m consumed by this idea on a day-to-day basis. Working at a mass-retail discount chain for the past two years has definitely not lessened my need to spend money. Half the time I find myself spending money on things I hardly need just because they’re cute or cheap. But what if I kept that extra dollar instead of spending it on some heart shaped stickers? I’d probably be on my way to becoming a millionaire.
But besides tangible materials, I’ve found that more and more people are so obessed with just having “things” like relationships and sex. I realize that this is probably one of the most cliche posts, but seriously, I feel like nobody can just be happy with what they have anymore. I’m not single, but why do people (specifically speaking, teenagers) feel the need to constantly be in a relationship or on the hunt for a potential mate? I really do believe that the best relationships are not expected. At least that’s how it’s been for me. When you stop looking, God gives you exactly what you need.
So I guess that brings me to my last point, people can’t ever be happy with what they have. It’s probably just a part of our biology as human beings. But then again, maybe it’s just what the media and society have spoon-fed into our brains since the start of the consumerism phenomena. Whatever it may be, I suppose it is what it is. My advice for today is just to always try your best to be happy with what you have, and my mantra when buying things has always been to ask yourself “do I really need this?” before buying. Accept yourself and what you have and happiness will always follow.