Photo credit: Carrie Bradshaw lied
My not-so-proud moment happened last week. As we rushed out of MYC (music) class, I noticed one of the moms wearing a stunning black Balenciaga Giant City bag with the silver hardware, which she perfectly paired with an Alexander McQueen signature skull print silk-chiffon scarf!
I see this woman once a week for an hour for the past four months, and for the first time I was interested in her. I was surprised and impressed with her impeccable taste. She sit five feet away from me since the beginning of September and yet I have no idea what her name was. Although, it’s really quite typical for moms to remember a child’s name and not their parent’s, and so she will remain as Eldon’s mom.
As I reflect on my behaviour that evening, I can’t help but feel superficial and somewhat shallow. After a self-evaluation I discovered that I’ve fallen victim to materialism.
The truth is we all use and enjoys material goods. To one extent or another, we are all materialistic. And that’s fine, as long as we don’t let it control our actions.
Sadly, my morals have been compromised by the blind support of consumerism.
Our desire for possessions distracts us from focusing on our values and what’s truly important; to see people for who they are and not who they wear.
In a society driven by consumption, it can be rather hard to escape the trap of materialism.
Too often we want and buy things we don’t need or even afford, and as quick as our obsessions we dismiss it once within our grasp.
Here’s a tip when trying to break the habit: Write the item you want on a list and date it. You can’t buy it for 30 days. After the 30 days have passed and you still want it, then go ahead and scan that card, but chances are your urges will die down, if not gone away completely.
But i think a better solution is to remind ourselves that these material goods are only a quick fix to our problems.