There are many luxuries that we enjoy in life. Constant travels around the world, distressing at a spa, good food, an expensive purse; these are elements in our lives that we have become used to.
My mom often nags me for being ‘overly materialistic’, and though I don’t feel that I am, I can understand why she might be so upset. In last week’s issue of the Sunday Times, it was reported that a significant number of twenty-somethings are heavily in debt due to their over-spending. My mom is probably worried that I might end up like one of them if I continue with my current lifestyle habits.
To quote Blair Waldorf, “Once [they] have tasted caviar, it baffles me how they settle for catfish”. She might be referring to men when she said this line, but it’s quite apt in my current context as well.
For example, popular local hairstylist David Gan’s obsession with Hermes products is widely known to all. I once even came across a website wholly devoted to pictures of David Gan and his Hermes collection. According to him, once you acquire a Hermes product, the quality of the leather and stitching is so remarkable you will never deign to shop at another brand again. Of course, he can afford it with enough disposable income.
However there is a growing number of young women who feel that they are able to afford a $3000 purse because they make a monthly $3000 salary. Um, technically they can, if they starve all month, walk everywhere and live completely off their parents. Which in short, is impossible. Not to mention long term goals like savings, housing, weddings, children and a car. But the temptation might be too great to overcome, especially with the lure of credit. With new student credit cards in the market, spending habits are also further encouraged at a younger age.
However, once you recognize this general picture that your materialism could lead you down a path of debt, I think it could be useful as a form of motivation. You know what you want, however superficial, and the only way to attain it is through hard work. If that makes you work hard, I wouldn’t call it superficial anymore.
Also, materialism shouldn’t be confused with genuine interest in fashion, which I feel are both very closely intertwined. And if you say you are interested in fashion, are you a fashion victim or do you seriously have a flair for it? So many fine lines in between.