I Am Not Materialistic

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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
    25 Responses Jul 19, 2011

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 20, 2015

    The panorama never ends.

    Everybody is too selfish,viewing things from their individual perspective.Prejudice,arrogance,thought;the cruel yet the true delicate accuracy of the human nature.Call that a 'beautiful curse'.I am not here mouthing about how people could be less narcissistic,more respectful to...
    Depaysement Depaysement
    70+, F
    1 Response Aug 10, 2015

    ​I 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...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 25, 2014

    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
    Feb 4, 2016

    ehhhh keep it........

    i want that mind &..& you know?!?!
    deleted deleted
    Nov 18, 2015

    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
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    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    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

    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
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Aug 21, 2015

    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
    1 Response Apr 20, 2015

    Giving to charity is an essential part of my

    life. I don't keep things too long because if I am to give them away they can't be worn! Materialism has the wrong God at its centre.
    Banyousbabe Banyousbabe
    22-25, F
    Feb 23, 2016

    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
    36-40, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2015

    I'm sure everyone on here is familiar with this

    saying: "We buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like." If I said that wrong, I apologize. But, I think you know what I mean.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Aug 22, 2015

    A lot of people are materialistic

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

    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
    3 Responses Jun 13, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2014

    So very true. Money, to me,

    is a means to an end. It is security in the event of a crisis. I like a nice comfortable stash in an emergency account...I do not have to "keep up with the Joneses" and have everything new and the latest technology. I prefer to live life on the simple note. I am very much a...
    CriticalSpaces CriticalSpaces
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2016

    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
    18-21, M
    Nov 18, 2015

    I would much rather someone share their time

    with me, than hand me a gift and leave. dont get me wrong, gifts are nice, but not as nice as interaction.
    lifealwayschanges lifealwayschanges
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Jun 13, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

    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
    5 Responses Apr 5, 2015

    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
    Nov 18, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Apr 20, 2015

    I would say I am not Materialistic

    but I love electronic devices lol. I sometimes buy something just out of curiosity hahaha
    NobleDarling NobleDarling
    31-35, M
    Feb 24, 2016

    Definitely not the type of girl

    who wants all the materials things in life. Especially. ...happiness & freedom. ...money can't them ! We earn them...we treasure it ! ♡
    Tsgirl86 Tsgirl86
    31-35, T
    1 Response Mar 25, 2016

    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
    2 Responses Jul 20, 2015

    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, M
    1 Response Jan 30, 2016

    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 Feb 6, 2016
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    6 Responses Dec 1, 2014

    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, 2016
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    2 Responses Mar 4, 2016

    For a while now I have been kinda moving from

    one place to other, in same city, just complicated living situation... sleeping in different locations. I have a bicycle and in the bag is always teethbrush, rain clothes, water, extra shoes and some apples..(I love apples) I have a backpack where is laptop, some school stuff...
    Eriane Eriane
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 11, 2016

    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

    I believe in something more valuable;

    and that's giving someone my time. It always fits, it costs nothing, and beautiful memories are made.
    ZenLioNESS719 ZenLioNESS719
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Mar 5, 2016

    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

    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

    I seem to want just necessary things,

    instead of extravagance. I am going to work harder at being grateful for the things I have.
    ZenLioNESS719 ZenLioNESS719
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Mar 16, 2016

    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

    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
    1 Response Feb 3, 2016

    So much so that I don't feel like earning any

    money for myself. Not a good place to be in life.
    lonelylifeindia lonelylifeindia
    26-30, M
    Apr 20, 2016

    See things as they are,

    not the way they present to you, not the way the whole world and you think they are. See humans as they are, not the way they say they are, not the way you think they are. See things and beings as they really are...
    whyacinth whyacinth
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 21, 2016

    My few posessions mean little to nothing to me.

    My pc is another matter. My youngest daughter gave it to me out of love so that one I am possessive of. My other posssessions are always available to anyone who can show me that their need is greater or more proper for it than mine
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 1, 2015

    I don't obtain things just to HAVE them.

    I get things to make things easier or more comfortable.
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1
    56-60, M
    1 Response Aug 1, 2015
    Kman4You Kman4You
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 20, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Sep 29, 2015

    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
    16-17, F
    Jan 3, 2016

    I used to care about petty materialistic things

    in life somewhat. I no longer do. I don't need a flashy ride, all this jewelry & money to flaunt. Why? There's people out there that don't even have shoes to put on their feet, clothes on their back, food to eat. People being taken and murdered and slaughtered. Why indulge in...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 6, 2016

    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
    22-25, M
    Nov 18, 2015
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