Here is a game for adults who are in a position to pretty get the automobile they want or close to it, not those who were given a car or are forced to
get a certain one (but you can imagine what you would own):
What kind of car do you have? Is it new? Is it waxed and shiny? Got cool rims? (or, what would you want to have?)
What does your car say about you?
Does it say you have a good job? Does it say you are sporty? Fast? Like to party and have fun? Does it say that you are a clean, organised parent?
Does it say "Hey, look at me!"?
Cars often, on the surface, say something about the owner. A shiny, waxed $80,000 convertable has its jokes that we all know - and sometimes it is
true. A broken down caravan might scream an overwealmed mother of 8.
For most, that shiny, waxed $80,000 convertable will get noticed. Others look and say "Wow, nice wheels.", while others might be jealous and say
"Showoff!". Still others don't take note at all, but instead notice the F-150 with the mismatched doors and rust or the 85 Olds looking its age.
Which one are you?
We live in a society now where food is not our main concern. We live now with MANY more options - fashion, cars, houses, yards, electronics, gadgets.
And more in those categories like turtle wax, PDA phones, lawn chemicals and additions. Many of us have more than we need - WAY more.
We are taught/conditioned to spend. No only that, but we are taught/conditioned to make more just so we can spend more. This in turn feeds the ego,
which in turn makes us selfish, which in turn makes us secluded.
There is no more community, it is all for ourselves or family. So few contribute to their community or to others anymore.
Is this you?
If you understand what I am saying, then you might agree that it is time to do something. Teach your children against this lfestyle that we have come
to accept from TV, books, and maybe social engineers. It is time to hear the words of the song 'Simple Man' by Lynard Skynard.
A simple life is the secret to happiness, but our systems are making most do what our ancestors warned us about.
Who am I though? I'll tell you, but not to show off, but to hope another can learn what I have. I have that 85 Oldsmobile Cutlass and it has a little
rust. My dream car is a used Jeep Wrangler - early 90's, late 80's style The only shiny spot is the top of my radio antenna. I drive it with pride
and I let those cut me off without honking or giving a finger - as long as it is not less than 6 inches away. My wife has a used caravan (but only 4
kids) and we rent. I make more than $1000 a week, but I don't buy flashy, shiny, show-off things. I'd rather see my daughter riding a horse, or my
son enjoy going to a BMX track. I have the same skateboard I had for many years (and still ride it). I owe no one any money, no credit cards, nothing.
I can up and go tomorrow without any financial ties. I voluteer as a firefighter in my town. We often help the elderly or disabled. I would rather
show care, honesty and integrity to all. I talk with my next door neighbors (even though the first time I met one of them, we were an inch away from a
fight). I eat at a resturant 3-5 times a year. My yard is in prep for vegetables.
Again, I am not trying to say my life is better than yours, but to show another perspective. Simplicity is great. If your life is complex and flashy,
you might consider the fact that television, books, movies and schools seem to have been some sort of conspiracy to push the idea of 'spend, make
more, spend more' into our minds. Many are rich from things we don't need or from things that are better than someone elses.
My pre-teen daughter is becomming VERY concerned with how she looks and fashion. Should I go out get her the name brand, expensive clothes she wants?
No, I have to increase my communication with her and teach her out of what she is learning in school and from TV.
SO often I hear in conversations "I have this", "I have that". I was recently told "I just got a 2005 Lexus with leather seats, 55 grand". I
said "Thats nothing, I got an 85 Olds for $200". He said "Wel I don't have to worry about breaking down.". My reply "If I gave you $7000 dollars
right now to walk home, would you?" "yes" "I may break down once a year, maybe, and knowing I didn't pay $7000 dollars in that year for a car
payment, makes the walk home worth it."
Say NO to the system - simplify life. This post may sound corny, but I think it is important. It is ok to NOT to have more or better things than
Has your dream car now changed?