i don’t think any culturally aware person would argue with the fact that we live in a consumerist society. at it’s core, capitalism is driven by the consumption of STUFF. i’ve learned that where and how you spend your money says a lot about what you as an individual value.
but i think we’ve all grown a little too obsessed with stuff. maybe it’s just that i read a lot of blogs, many of which are monetized and promote products, and include(sometimes weekly) run downs of favorite products, but i’m getting disillusioned with our need to buy the newest product and fill our lives with THINGS for every conceivable need. the newest such and such may make your life a little easier, but it doesn’t simplify it. it clutters your space, your mind and your life.
maybe it’s just because my budget is so tight that i’ve truly learned the difference between want because i would use it and need in order to function in the world.
i can’t deny the rush one gets from consuming–and i have the credit card debt to prove it. but through purposefully living with less, i’ve gained control over my life. i’ve begun to embrace quality over quantity. simple is beautiful. simple is meaningful.
lately i’ve been striving to live my life with intention and purpose; paring down the excess noise of distractions, letting mindfulness work itself into my consumption of stuff. for me, it’s another step on the path to a content life.