Why Do People Like to Buy So Much? (Part 3)

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In order to rid yourself of the common and annoyingly annoying habit of overconsumption, you need to understand what it means to enjoy the simple life. To really get to that point in life, you have to understand what your ideal state would be. You need to identify what you end state has to be, so that you can achieve it. If you have nothing to aim for, you will have no way to measure progress. Therefore, you must, and I repeat, you must identify what state of mind that you would like to be at. For me, I used to be into keeping up with fashion, when I tried to be with the "cool kids", but it was not maintainable. Although, I could maintain a state of style for a while, I would fade off for about a week. It was too much effort to stand in front of a mirror for 30 minutes a day to see if I looked good enough to show up a school. It had success all right; I attracted a really attractive girl, but deep inside, I knew that this was not me. I am not saying that dressing up is wrong, but it was wrong for me. I knew that my priorities were getting mixed up, because if I felt that I needed to impress others for me to feel accepted, then I had no reason to be accepted by people who felt that way about me. Regardless, this is my story, and I want you to understand that you need to find what works for you. As far as I know, I listened to a TEDx talk about a couple who sold EVERYTHING they had in order to achieve their dreams of traveling. They stated that they were happy, and I could understand why. They were like many Americans who were trapped in a cycle of debt to fund a lavish lifestyle that they did not really need. They were about $20k in debt, had a child, and were looking to buy some more stuff with more credit cards. This was completely unnecessary, and they realized that they were not happy. Their rationale came via the story that people get undergraduate degrees in order to obtain jobs in order to obtain money to buy stuff to appear successful to buy more stuff, and then to finally retire happy. I knew about that myth, and it sounded like a bunch of trash when I first realized that it was trash, to me. He ended off with a quote that I knew before he even said it, because I learned about it previously. "People work so hard doing things they hate to spend money to buy things they do not need in order to impress people they do not know." It is very circular loop (How can anything be more circular than a circle?). The long story is that you need to realize what makes you happy, so that you can spend the rest of your life doing something you enjoy so passionately that it does not even seem like work. That might sound like a cliche, but it has some truth to it. Would not rather enjoy spending the rest of your days doing something you enjoyed passionately (it does not need to be a job), rather than spend time running along the hamster wheel of consumerism. I mean, you can only upgrade your television so many times before it becomes pointless to buy a 40 in. screen, because you want it more than your 32 in. screen. Do you understand what I am saying? Therefore, it is in your best interest to gear yourself towards the simple life. For example, in the aforementioned TEDx talk, the couple said that when they sold everything, they did not really miss anything that was sold. They did not regret any of it. They did not need to hold on to it. The actually felt lighter, because the materials were gone from their lives, and they did not need to worry about it. They could travel without worrying about anything to bring with them, or put for storage, or anything else. Provided that they needed money to travel, after that was taken care of, they were able to enjoy life without being trapped in the consumerism cycle. It is a very inspiring story that you do not have to follow word-for-word. Just understand that it is meant to give you a base and is used as a reference, not a go-to-guide to happiness. What do you all think? Should the simple life be the status for Americans to aim for, or should it be the life of yachts, mansions, and smoking expensive cigars?

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