Being caught in consumerism a fault of our world

by | Oct 17, 2014 | Opinion

Dilara Kurtaran
Assistant News Editor

I was at my internship, transcribing an interview about a new product that came out. What does it do? It basically helps you get rid of bulges and wrinkles under your eyes for 16 hours.

People are paying $500 for this crap.

The more I transcribed, the more it got me thinking about how we constantly want new things in order to be happy. It also reminded me of something about myself that I had forgotten about.

I realized every time I talk to my friends we always talk about how we can’t wait until whatever thing we are waiting for at that time becomes available.

We always seem to be waiting for something.

It could be something as simple as “I can’t wait until Friday” or “I can’t wait to buy this skirt.” We have this constant need to buy something new or wait for something to come out in order to make us feel better or be happy.

I didn’t realize how negative I’ve became over the last two years. I would complain about everything and I would get upset easily when things didn’t go my way. I wasn’t happy with the way my life was going. I remember telling my friends and myself that when I purchased this or that I would be happy, or when this happened I would be happy.

I got so caught up with my own life that I forgot to appreciate what was right in front of me.

Just before the summer started I was telling my friends I wanted to do an internship over the summer. I told them if I got an internship I would be ecstatic, so I applied for some and I landed an interview with Style At Home magazine.

I got the internship and I remember jumping around my room from happiness, but it died down after two weeks because I had something else to look forward to – the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

I realize now how unhealthy that was for me, so I picked up an old book that had been sitting on my bookshelf for over eight years.

It was a Turkish book roughly translated as Don’t worry about the small things. In the book it stated we should be happy with what we have right now. We should be happy in the present or else we will never be truly happy,.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with trying to improve in certain areas in life, but while we do that we tend to forget how lucky we are to be even where we are right now.

Who knew reading an old book could make me realize something so simple in life? It hit me pretty hard. I started being thankful for what I had and started appreciating the little things in life. I started to feel better.

What I’ve learned is that we should always appreciate what we have, be happy and stay positive. Although it is okay to look forward to things, sometimes we just get caught up.