We live in a world filled with beautiful things from cars to clothes. They look so nice and shiny that we can’t help but want them. Now as a woman, a nice pair of shoes or a glamorous dress can have me dazed and longing for days. We all have those things that make us crave them and search high and low to possess them. Dangle a brand new car or phone in front of anyone and watch what happens. It’s natural to feel these things. My question to you is: What happens when our possessions start possessing us?
Who hasn’t saved their money to get those new Jordans on Saturday morning? Or who hasn’t worked a few extra hours to buy the new car you’ve been eyeing? People will do whatever it takes to buy the things they want. We will borrow, steal, beg, plead, sale, pawn, and everything else in between to get the things we want. Once the idea to own something is in your head, you start to plan to get it. You will take whatever means necessary whether you’re broke or rich. It almost becomes an addiction to some people because they constantly have to buy these things. Yet, what happens when you finally get it?
I remember wanting to buy these new sneakers, nothing fancy or expensive but I had to have them. I saved a few extra dollars from my paychecks to get these shoes. I was overjoyed the day I finally got them; they were in my size and everything. The first day I put them on I was elated, until a few hours later when my feet began to hurt. They weren’t comfortable at all but I wasn’t going to return them either. I worked hard to get those shoes and I was going to keep them. I was never going to wear them again but I wasn’t getting rid of them either. You see the problem I had right?
We let our possessions run our lives. We’d do anything to get those new shoes, even if they don’t fit or hurt. We’ll go out of our way to keep our new car looking brand new, making sure nothing or no one messed it up. Our possessions start to become our babies and friends. We start to treat them as though they have feelings and thoughts. We will cry over them if anything were to happen to them. It’s sad to say but it’s very true. And it never just stops at the one thing; we have to have more at any cost.
We’ll even go as far as hurting others to get what we want. There are many news stories of people getting trampled and hurt during store sales and new releases. It’s ridiculous the lengths we take. Is it really worth it? I know you want those new Jordans or that discounted dress but is hurting someone worth that price?
Being materialistic isn’t just a word to call someone; it’s truly something they are. They value their possessions more than anyone, including them. They start to become the ones possessed by their car or shoes or clothes. Just because you want it, whether you can afford it or not, doesn’t mean you should have it. We’re living in a society where what we buy ends up owning us. So take a really good look at yourself and ask: Do my possessions possess me? If so, take a seat back and get things together. You aren’t truly living if you’re trapped by the things you own.