Masters of Materialism
“As we grow older, we slowly realize that wearing a £300 or a £30 watch, they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a £300 or a £3 wallet, the money inside is the same. Whether we drink a bottle of £300 champagne or £6 wine, the hangover is the same. Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq-ft, loneliness is the same. Whether you drive a £1,000 banger or a £300,000 Benz, they both serve the same purpose. You will realize, your happiness does not come from material things of this world. It comes from spending our short time here living and laughing with the ones we love.”
Somehow, many of us have become “Masters of Materialism,” constantly consumed by the next big thing, having the newest iPhone, the most expensive car, but in reality, is any of it worth it? My moral conscious has been altered since returning from Europe, not because I saw impoverished people everywhere, but because I loved living out of a backpack and being able to pick up and move to an entirely different city in a matter of minutes. I didn’t have much “stuff” with me, yet I was the happiest I had been in a very long time. I have always been someone with the mindset of quality over quantity, and I still am, but my awareness of want versus need has increased significantly. This shift may also be attributed to my plans to move to Australia in 2019, and not much stuff is going to fit into a 55L carry-on backpack and checked suitcase, which is an exhilarating feeling. I think growing up in North America, the concept of materialism was instilled in us at a young age, but so many of us are learning alternative ways of living, including living a minimalistic lifestyle and working for months on end, to be able to travel for an extended period of time rather than jumping right into careers. I think travel has many different interpretations, but my list of countries that I would like to backpack through is growing every day. At 21, many people my age are beginning to graduate post-secondary, including myself in a near five months, and the “now what” is kicking in. For many it’s, I’m planning to buy a home, or get engaged, or get a puppy, and although these are fantastic life moments, but my “now what” includes travelling and working throughout Australia to cover as much ground as I can, while I can.