"It Aint About Stuff" (Blog #85)
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, that means we all have to be appreciative of everything we have and be thankful for everyone in our lives. Well, at least that's what everyone tells us. The funny thing is, we should be appreciatve and thankful all year round. I don't need a special day to make me realize that this (short) life we live is a gift, and should be treated as such. I try and remind myself on a daily basis to be grateful for everything and everyone in my life. I know it can be easy to take for granted how good we all have it, but being thankful everyday is a great quality to possess.
I'm sure most of you out there are thankful on a daily basis for your life, but there is a small group of people that actually make me embarressed to be part of the human race; and nothing demonstrates that ugly side of the human more than Black Friday! This is a day when people sit outside for a week in the cold waiting to save a few bucks on stuff they don't need and things they usually can't afford. If you trample another human for a TV, you're a piece of shit and you have a serious problem.
My parents taught me a long time a go that life "Aint about Stuff"! Things are cool and nice to have, but they can't take over the meaning of your life. Things can not represent who you are and what you're about. Obviously there's nothing wrong with having nice things, and it's an amazing feeling watching your loved ones (especially the kiddies) open toys on Christmas morning, but when you're consumed with having the best stuff and nothing else matters, there's a problem.
Another issue that can sneak up on people is the credit card debt that most Americans are in from buying things that they can't afford. The past decade has been a record setting ten years for more and more young people filing for bankruptcy. These credit card companies are more than happy to throw cards at you with a 19% APR, knowing that most people will never be able to pay their cards off with a percentage rate that high. You'd actually be better off borrowing money from a loan shark...
Being a healthy human is much more than a body weight or a bench press number. Having your health, family, friends and finances in order are all part of an overall quality life. Being a decent person has nothing to do with money, it's about making a positive impact on others and expecting nothing in return. It's funny that the more stuff people have, the less they appreciate any of it. Be thankful everyday, not just "special" days, and remember what's really important...
Have a great Thanksgiving