We live in a world that puts such an emphasis on things, money, and having more of everything. Everything, that is, except memories.
As much as a I hate to admit it, I have been sucked into the world of materialization. I went to a private middle/high school where many of my peers could go out, use their parents’ credit cards, and buy, buy, buy… I didn’t understand it. But soon enough, I was asking for the next Ugg boot, 7 for All Mankind jeans, etc. Pretty soon, I was using my own money just to buy new clothes, shoes, make-up, etc. I had no need for the things I was buying – I just wanted more and I just wanted to fit in. And in doing this, I missed the good times and possibly good friends I could have made.
But now, being in college, money is tight. It always is. Now, saving is more important than spending. I am not trying to impress any of my friends because we already clicked. I’m not trying to impress and man or woman so they will fall for me. I’m not trying to impress a teacher or give them the right idea about me. In college, it’s who I am that matters. It’s not what I can afford and how much. With this attitude shift, I have made better friends and better memories. I have days and nights I can look back on and say “Wow, that was awesome”.
So I have a challenge to those who follow or read this blog – Next time you’re out shopping with friends – don’t buy anything. Savor the moments, jokes, laughs, and smiles you share with the people you’re with. Buying something is not going to add to the experience and quality time you’re spending with your friends, just like not buying something won’t take anything away.
Feel free to share! I’m going to do the same.