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I Am Not Materialistic

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    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    I don't get why people are happy

    when they bought/gets a new car... My mom had her birthday present last week, it was a red car, she's just so happy that she texted me out of nowhere. Like, it's just a car, ok...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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    As I get older, I care less

    and less for material things. It is liberating... This letting go, this releasing of things and the desire to collect such things. These trophies, these status symbols, this menagerie of so much stuff... They are like anchors. They tie us down... They even enslave us. We...
    LeChemineau LeChemineau 41-45, M 7 Responses Aug 5, 2015

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    My parents and my brothers will attest,

    I am impossible to buy anything for. I am not materialistic, I don't have to have the latest thing, the newest thing to wear, or gadget. I don't have to go to the cinema to see the latest movie, although sometimes it is nice to. I am also a recycler, if I buy something new I...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    My dad wont stop stressing over having enough

    money to buy me a gift for my birthday. No matter how many times I tell him I dont want or need anything for my bday he insists on getting me something. Whyyyyyyyy. I dont care about gifts. Theyre just things. I dont need any more things and I dont need him spending his money on...
    tarara0414 tarara0414 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 5, 2015

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    When I buy something newI get rid of something

    old,I give to charity for the poor,It's never quite a chore,To care for those less well offI'm sorry if I sound some kind of toff!When I buy something blue,I watch it with interest,I give old movies to raise money for others,There are children poor in need of mothers,To care for...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    What Makes Me Happy

    I drive a 1980 Mazda 929. It's awful to look at but it gets me from point A to point B. I don't spend a lot of money on clothing, though if I had more money I would buy more clothing. I don't need it though. I really don't need much of anything. I make do with a beat up car, a...
    MamaMoopsie MamaMoopsie 22-25, F 4 Responses May 31, 2008

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    Living In The Material World

    I have had more than a tolerable number of people question (or outright chastise) my lack of materialism.A former girlfriend constantly badgered me to buy a new car. Now the car WAS old, but it was comfortable, in good running condition and perfectly safe. It was like a broken...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 26 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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    I'm just sick of having too many possessions.

    I hate it when things don't have a place in my home. I only buy what I need. New rule: if I buy something, I have to get rid of something. And since I don't want to add more stuff at a landfill, I probably won't buy that "thing".
    FunnyDucky FunnyDucky 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2015

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    I wonder if I am the only person out there

    who doesn't want a ring when they get proposed to (if or when that day comes). I don't need a dress, or for him to be in a tux. I don't want people touching me and putting make up on me. I just want to know its real in a way that doesn't involve things. And because I don't want...
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    everyone always makes fun of how ****** my

    suburban is but you know what? It's the vehicle I wanted and I worked my *** off to get it. Everyone expects everything to be perfect. I am happy with it whether other people like it or not because the day I got it I was soooo happy to own a Diesel (it's been a lifelong dream of...
    TurboDieselSuburban TurboDieselSuburban 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2015

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    No I'm definitely not!

    I think it's quite sad really, things are things, they don't make you happy! What matters is people, they're the important parts of life, not owning the latest stuff! Something that winds me up is people going on about Christmas - getting in a huge flap about buying this or...
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20, 2015

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    Materialistic is not realistic.

    To love Materialistically is to fall in love with a manikin. Living Materialistically is to live in a glass castles on a sand foundation. And you will sink. The only things that will save you are the real things that matter. Time is worth more than money. And life is about how...
    AliAlien AliAlien 22-25 1 Response 5 days ago

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    im not materialistic,

    i just dont understand people nowadays and their materialistic needs. i dont need the a nice big house, a big fancy car or the latest smart phone or numerous other gadgets in order to be happy, im just happy being me!!
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 17, 2015

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    With the exception of watches,

    I love expensive watches, I just can't afford them.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M Nov 14, 2015

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    The Things You Own Begin To Own You

    This birthday, no one knew what to get me because there is genuinely nothing I want. Everything I need is in the forest, and I would rather make it by hand anyway. Having "things" just ties you down, forces you to lug them around, and often forces you to stay within the confines...
    Fernwolf Fernwolf 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    Things stopped making me happy.

    I bought things for a sense of control over a life that was quite depressing. I turned my materialism into giving/sharing things, and decided that I was happiest this way.
    Fuzzies Fuzzies 61-65, M Oct 7, 2015

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    It is easier to say when you have a nice

    position and things commensurate with that position. But I have turned down transfers and other offers because I like what I am doing.
    Fade2Happy Fade2Happy 46-50 Nov 18, 2015

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    A lot of people are materialistic

    and sometimes I wonder why that is. Why can't they appreciate what actually matters?
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 12, 2015

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    Abundance

    "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ~ John Petit-Senn
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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    As I aged I realized

    that being happy is far more important tban having "things" My older brother and I joke around that if someone were to break into my home they'd have to bring something with them to have something to take back out lol
    joanne969 joanne969 61-65, T 2 Responses Jan 30

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    living in India I have a strange perspective .

    I feel like a genius for writing this, but I think its something everybody already knows. And If they didn't know, this article could be considered as information...so read on if you like... so I have to write an essay on commodification of culture. Though I think to people in...
    WhisperinAngel WhisperinAngel 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    I admit though that for a

    while it did seem like I was. When I was younger I would always lament [to myself] about what everyone else had but we didn't, and then as time went on I would consider how fortunate we were as we could never be called even remotely poor... And yet, for all my life I've always...
    FluttershyLabeouf FluttershyLabeouf 18-21, M Nov 18, 2015

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    When people are materialistic they get the gain

    for that. It's either they get duped with their body or get hurt. Cause when people realize pi are materialistic then they can get you with anything then all because you are materialistic. Anyway I love good things but I'm not materialistic cause its not good at all. Anyone that...
    Deeyor Deeyor 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2015

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    Grey leather jacket..

    I hve a brown one just like most of us..and I bought it 2 years ago.. I think it's okay huh to indulge my pleasure on jackets after 2 years :))
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 1 Response Mar 6, 2015

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    I've gone through periods

    when I had very little, and was happy. I've not been over paid, and it has not worried me. Enough to get by. Using time wisely is more important as are my friends.
    Galdi Galdi 61-65, M 1 Response Jan 14

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    I don't have much but I live off of memories.

    most people don't get me anyway. so...I just make the most of the time I spend with my misfit besties. :D
    dragonrule029 dragonrule029 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 20, 2015

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    but I wouldn't mind being able to keep up with

    other family members by driving a newer car and having a nice house.
    njoceanbreezes njoceanbreezes 41-45, F 10 Responses Jan 30

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    I really don't care about name brands

    or whatever is "trendy." I drive a thirteen year old minivan and seldom buy any new clothes. I can usually find what I need at garage sales and thrift stores. I earn a decent wage for what I do. I could afford a new vehicle but why? Extra expenses to impress someone who...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 27, 2015

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    Except this pen and the heart key necklace,

    I don't like materials that much. You can take them if you want to you know. I don't like my wardrobe flooded with clothes I only use once. I don't like my room with every medal that I have decorated. It just seems so weird, as if you're clinging on to many things, not just one...
    BloomingRaine BloomingRaine 13-15, F Jan 3

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    U & Me forever this way www.

    nidhisuraj.com There are so many Love Stories in this world. Few stories become so famous but few are unsaid and been buried with time. Few others share their love stories with their friends, while some leave them as sweet memories for themselves within their hearts and few...
    evan003 evan003 18-21, F Jul 21, 2015

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    I happen to be a Roman Catholic,

    even tho many people from my country are not, and i have known people of many different religions, or 'faiths' as some people i know call them and I just wanted to say that Im really grateful to my maker for who and what I am and i love this biblical quote which goes something...
    WhisperinAngel WhisperinAngel 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 20, 2015

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    Sometimes I just feel like being homeless isn't

    bad... I could have break free into the wild. xD
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 21, 2015

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    ehhhh keep it........

    i want that mind &..& you know?!?!
    Rain0069 Rain0069 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2015

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    As humans now a days we aren't grateful

    for what we have. We think the more we have the happier we are but that's total bs. Be grateful
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 24, 2015

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    7 Reasons Why Materialism Won't Make You Happy1.

    The excitement will wear off.New stuff provides instant gratification, but life-long happiness? Not so much. Having the latest version of the iPhone might be nice while it lasts, but you can bet an even newer (and better!) one will follow. There is always going to be a better...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 5 Responses Aug 21, 2015

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    I don't obtain things just to HAVE them.

    I get things to make things easier or more comfortable.
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 1, 2015

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    I like clothes but I don't own too many.

    I'd rather buy single items than have too many to really dress stylishly. I like to make looks work.
    Ducostrinity Ducostrinity 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I love experiences, not things.

    That is what is shown to bring the most happiness. You won't remember that sofa or chair that sits in the corner. The car you drive, the clothes that sit in your closet, or the purses will not bring you comfort. Financial security is nice, but a bank account can't fill a void and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    I would love to be less materialistic.

    I'm definitely working on it and it's a huge goal of mine to start creating a more minimalist, simplistic environment for myself.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 20, 2015

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    I am very much inspired by idea of minimalistic

    lifestyle. I never really had much possessions. We didn't have much money when I was young and I am use to to live with less. The change for me is that now I embrace it and don't feel bad when I don't have money for new shoe. Stuff is good if you need it. I don't give everything...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 13, 2015

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    We take nothing we own in this life to the

    grave. The only investment that truly proceeds us, is who we were and how we impacted the lives of other people. Hopefully in that sense, we were rich in virtue for the sake of others.
    Quietanalysis Quietanalysis 22-25, M Jan 23

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    Too many people are materialistic.

    If you don't have a certain car, phone, job, or house then people don't want anything to do with you. Seriously, what the hell?
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 20, 2015

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    Kman4You Kman4You 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 20, 2015

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    ‚ÄčI do celebrate Christmas.

    But I didn't buy a physical Christmas tree. This is kind of what my mental Christmas tree looks like...Christmas presents don't matter to me. In fact, I returned the only Christmas present I received. What matters to me are emotions. While I'm not even close to being a happy...
    insidious94 insidious94 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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