Living in the United States in 2009 you face certain pressures as far as status quo. If you don't own the latest cell phone or ipod or drive the hippiest car you may be looked down by certain "friends." Computers and cameras are viewed as disposoble. The prices of computers have decreased greatly within the past several years, so if you have a problem with your computer it's cheaper to just buy a new one. (Does this disposable attitude extend to personal relationships as well.) With all of these disposable products i begin to picture our giant landfills becoming larger by the second. What's the point of all this? Our spending habits aren't even helping the economy anymore because of all the labor has been shipped overseas. So basically we're left with no jobs, no money, no friends and lots of garbage. Our thirst for spending is still intact like a vampire's thirst for fresh blood.
It's time to return to the simple life (no, not the Paris Hilton reality tv show). We need to find the things in life that truly make us happy not what the media tells us should make us happy. Turn off the tv, the computer, the ipod, and yes even the *gasp* cell phone and spend time with your friends and family, develop a hobby, or volunteer somewhere. You can't avoid shopping altoether obviously. It's the small things that count, so when you feel that hunger stop yourself from going to the cheapest places like Walmart or the Dollar Store and go to local shops around your community. Support your local restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, and artisans.