If I only had…

If I only had a better camera…
If I only had a new laptop…
If I only had a nicer car…
If I only had a bigger house…

We convince ourselves that life would be better if we only had that one thing. The problem is that the cycle never ends. We get the thing, often using money we don’t have, only to find that we still don’t feel complete. Many people (perhaps most) stay stuck in this materialistic loop for their whole lives.

There has to be more to life than buying then dying. In fact, I know there is. It’s easy to succumb to the influence of marketing and peer pressure. Billions of dollars go into making you and your friends think they need things they may not actually need at all. Letting go of things was one of the best decisions I ever made. I realized that I was going to die at some point, and nothing I owned was going to mean anything in the end.

Imagine getting to the end of your life and having only stuff to keep you company. Would you care so much about the newest smart phone? Would you rather have memories of working to chase the next shiny thing, or memories of experiences that brought joy to your life?