Why You Shouldn’t Be A Material Girl (In A Material World)

Flickr / Maegan Tintari
Flickr / Maegan Tintari

We have all been there. Yes, ladies, I am talking to you. Our fancy new Michael Kors bag is just itching to make its debut into the public any chance it gets. But then you realize that it’s not the bag that is itching, it’s you. And it’s you who wants the world to see your great pal Michael.

No matter how hard we try to fight or deny it, we are all guilty of the same thing – we al like to show off what we have. Whether it is a new pair of shoes or the most expensive hand bag in our closets, we want anyone and everyone to see what we can bring forward when in the long run, does any of it really matter?

But then we lose something, or have our things stolen and we have a melt down that consists of tears (a lot of them) and freaking the hell out. And that, right there, is the moment that we realize just how attached we are to these material items that really, don’t get us any farther than having non-brand name things.

Everyone is so caught up is getting the next best, most expensive pair of shoes, purse, wallet, tank tops for god sakes. WHY???? I can tell you why. It looks good and it makes us look good. We look good to the people who won’t help us in the real world, but in a temporary moment while they gush over our things for a whole 20 seconds.

I learned my lesson the hard way and now I’m the one who is suffering while someone else is probably enjoying being me and buying their own next best thing courtesy of me.

I was meeting an old friend who I haven’t seen in a while and decided to switch from my regular name brand purse to another cute brand name wristlet that I use once in a while just to really stand out and fish for compliments. It looks good on expensive name brand things that are totally unnecessary.

After all the excitement (and I am a scatter brain on a daily basis), I was buzzing. Before I knew it, it was 10:30 p.m. that night when I realized that I not only lost cash, my debit and visa, SIN card, driver’s license, car ownership and MORE that I really got upset at myself because this never would have happened if I wasn’t so focused on being materialistic.

Your friends are not friends with you because of what you physically have. And if they are, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Splurging is fun – trust me, I am a certified shopaholic, but over the years I have learned that it’s better to focus and spend on experiences rather things. To create memories, not debt. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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