Recently someone asked me why I downgraded my vehicle from a tricked out Ford Escape to a Ford Focus with barely any bells and whistles. The answer is simple: I realized I had absolutely no need for the extra features and I didn’t want to pay more just to say I had something when I rarely, if ever, used the them. I mean come on, how many times do you adjust your seat? and are your text messages really that important that you need the car to read them to you as they come in?
I am not a materialistic person and I don’t really care what others think of my bare bones Ford Focus. It links to my phone for music and I can accept calls over the system while driving, if need be. It gets me from point A to point B just fine, and has a small back-up camera I can use if I feel I need to. Not only am I saving money on my car payment, insurance and gas but I am pleased and punch with the simplicity of my car. Tim has also stopped referring to my car as the "space ship" because of all the buttons and features on the dashboard.
This conversation reminds me of another conversation Tim and I had not too long ago. We had just spent the day around expensive cars and people wearing clothes that probably cost more than my entire wardrobe combined. I had asked my husband if he thought we were doing it all wrong. He looked at me and said “even if you had an unlimited supply of money, we would still live in the same house and you would drive the same car. If anything, maybe we would move to the country and have a boatload of land with horses and a shit-ton of rescue dogs. You’re just not the type of person that would visibly wear your money.”
It’s true. If I suddenly became a millionaire I would finish a few projects around the house, pay off all my bills and just continue living as I always have.
People say “well you can’t take it with you when you die” and obviously that’s absolutely true, but I would rather spend money on experiences than material things. I’d love to sponsor a cancer patients dream vacation to anywhere in the world, or fund an entire year of medical expenses for a rural animal rescue that receives next to nothing in state funding. I want my stamp on the world to be more than a big house, or a $500 purse with matching wallet.
Am I saying those who choose to spend money on material things are wrong? Absolutely not, by all means, if you have the dough and it makes you happy go for it. All I’m saying is I personally don't find enjoyment in material things that I really don't need or don't benefit from. Besides, looks can be deceiving and while money can certainly make life easier, you can't buy happiness. There is so much more to life than appearances and appearance are often a lie.