“The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy- it’s all that matters”.
Well Audrey, I must say I wholeheartedly agree!
For me, true happiness makes you the richest person on earth, there is nothing quite like it.
Of course different things make different people happy, it’s a very personal thing.
When I was younger, I did think more about getting tangible things to bring happiness, but as I’ve grown older I’ve realised that these ‘things’ are actually well down on the priority list.
Happiness now, for me, is;
Being truly loved by those closest around me, and making sure those around me are happy too.
Being able to do what I want to do with my life, whilst enjoying and planning the journey ahead.
Being able to make a difference to other people’s lives and hopefully be remembered for doing something positive.
‘Stuff’ is nice to have sometimes and can help you enjoy life a little more, but it tends to be short lived, until the next thing is needed or wanted.
Consumerism is rife, we are being brainwashed from all angles!
It’s hard to escape this but at least we aware of it. I like the idea of not conforming or succumbing to advertising, pop up ads, media and associated targeted advertising.
We are being told, “your teeth aren’t white enough”, here’s a product to whiten and bleach your stains.
“you shouldn’t get too wrinkly at you age!” Here’s a product to smooth your lines.
“That it’s unattractive to have too much body fat” try this wonder diet or secret exercise programme.
“That to be successful you need to have a big house, nice car and 2.2 kids!” Work harder, do more hours, keep going, more and more!
Work, Work, Work, Buy, Buy, Buy!
These methods destroy self esteem, undermine family values and focus on comparing and contrasting, with obvious consequences.
I’ve learnt not to compare, and yet it seems such a human trait to do so.
The trick is, is to just be grateful for what you currently have and a appreciate it for what it is.
I think the danger of consumerism is that it gets you wanting more! (And more and more).
How about accepting what you have and making the best of it, be aware of how you feel around these issues and bring in a bit of self care and love?!
Until next week,