Oh boy. I watched Oprah today. Told myself I wasnt going to watch her anymore due to some things that I have been learning about her, things I have been told by our pastor at church clips he has played about her talking about Jesus Christ not being the only way to Heaven. I got sucked in...because she had Suzie Orman on..(not a fan of her either really...she scares me!) anyway...they are talking about the whole downfall that is going on with the credit crunch. This world is going crazy! They brought up a GREAT point. People my age (36) or around my age...are making purchases whether that come in the form of cars, homes, clothes, etc...that they CANNOT afford. We all want to put on this front to make other people THINK that we are high rollers...and "oh look how great were doing over here!" Its all so true! I have come to this conclusion....IM OVER IT!!!! No one is doing themselves any favors by buying things they cant afford. It might feel good now, to get all these new things...but it's just not worth it.
When I was small, I remember my parents and our neighbors all growing gardens and hanging clothes out on the line to dry...driving cars that were not exactly "showroom" if you know what I mean. My mom made some of my clothes, canned fruit and veggies, made meals at home..and wasnt able to just go out and buy all this crap that people now days do. We are all sucked up into this trap. You had to earn things back then...you SAVED up for a car...you SAVED up for school clothes you didnt just buy buy buy buy because your beady little eyes wanted something.
My generation doesnt live this way. Myself included...Im certainly not picking on anyone! Im so guilty. I know people that are 25 years old...and they are living in homes that are $450,000 and it's there first home!!!!!!!!!! what the heck! You know why they do? because they are extended beyond anything anyone can imagine...they have beautiful clothes, gorgeous cars...and it all looks so good! what is going on behind closed doors? This whole trend is disgusting....we all need to put things in order of importance RIGHT NOW....she just said on TV that we are in a cash economy now...if you have great credit....doesnt matter...no one is giving out loans. Use this time to pay off your loans....dont purchase things you cannot afford. To me, the word :afford" is having a whole new meaning. The word now to me means...you have no debt, your bills are paid...and you can go to target and get that new rug...or whatever you may want. If you have unpaid bills...or credit cards you have no right (my opinion) to go buy anything extra. Stop living in your flesh...who cares what people think of you right!? If it means your sanity...your marriage...your happiness, stop buying, and just say NO...Im not putting my families happiness in jeapordy because I WANT something new. It's just so stupid!
I dont mean to have a negative tone here...but this whole world to me is just gone nuts! We have to take a step back and stop trying to impress people with our stuff. no one cares.