In today’s day and age money and power define one’s life. Following the trends and being society’s golden child is as great as life could be… right? Today, brands control everyday life. From what you eat for breakfast, Cheerios or the Bargain Brand. Do I buy a Mercedes *crowd cheers* or a Honda *booing*. If you were society’s golden child you would surely have chosen some Cheerios and a nice, expensive, good looking, and expensive Mercedes. Even if you know you can’t afford it, you know it’s better than the self-imagined humiliation.
Has anyone bettered themselves through these trends? Let’s talk about Adidas, a company that brings in almost $18.76 annually. It is the biggest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second biggest globally. But you really don’t care about this, do you? You just want to see the newest and the best Yeezys. The founder Adolf Dassler was a soldier in WWI, after coming back home he decided to work with his dad in a shoe factory. He later realized he had a passion for making shoes and sta
rted to make his own shoes in his mom’s laundry shop. Later, he was joined by his brother Rudolf and they created Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory). Eventually they worked together and created this huge success of a business it is #90 in the World’s Most Valuable Brands. However, to many of its consumers the history is irrelevant, as long as it has the Adidas logo it’s worth the money .Adolf Dazzler followed his dreams and passions and it took it him to his happy place.
I’m not saying that these huge brands are trash or that they are out to ruin the world. So don’t go crazy. I’m saying that consumers need to be more conscious when it comes to purchasing products.
Is $60 Nike sweatshirt really better than a $30 Champion sweatshirt. They are both comfortable and they keep you warm, but… one is more socially accepted. Is it really worth the extra $30 to avoid the humiliation that YOU make yourself feel? It’s all based on your morals. Would you rather spend that $30 on that sweatshirt or on a gift for your special someone, picnic, or save it for a rainy day.
I am quite a hypocrite concerning this topic. I myself spend exorbent amounts of money on clothing, shoes, electronics, and other essential items. I wouldn’t be spending as much money if I went for the cheaper products, but… I don’t so…. What are you going to do? However, I still ask myself these essential questions, they have even in a few occasions stopped me from making a decision that even Miley Cyrus wouldn’t make. I am slowly realizing that society might deem me worthy, but I spend more time seeking approval than I do maintaining relationships with life long friends. It’s still not to late for me and for you. Go save those friendships, once they are gone they never come back.
“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. –George Lorimer.
What good are objects if you don’t have anyone to use them with. It’s like buying a mansion and you’re the only one living in it. For the first few days you can’t believe that you have all THAT SPACE all TO YOURSELF! Then the loneliness starts to set in. What fun is money when you have no one to enjoy it with? Go find someone to make your life better, it doesn’t have to be a boyfriend or a girlfriend. It can be your parents, siblings, kids, friends, and even your pets as long as they make you smile. Money is jealous, it wants you all to itself. Don’t let it consume you. Find your passions and pursue them with someone you love. Good luck in your future endeavors. This is Anshul Gowda signing off.