It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I'm all for nice things, and I don't get jealous of people who have "stuff" at all. What bugs and irks me is when people show off just to show off. I used to work with a guy who would get a new car every 2 years...he would walk around asking if people wanted to go to the parking lot to see his new ride (lexus, bmw, mercedes). Who cares!?
Does anyone like a show off? Show some humility will ya. If you have something nice, just accept the compliments when you get it. Don't go looking for them. The people that do this to me, are just high maintenance mental chihuahua types who are excited by bright shiny objects.
I told a friend that I liked his new vacuum cleaner. It was after all pretty modern and cool. Instead of telling me about it or thanking me, his first words were "It's $700, but I got it for $500". Did I ask how much it was? Do I care?
I am not easily impressed by loads of jewelry, high priced watches, fancy cars, expensive clothes. It just doesn't matter to me. I'm ok with it mattering to certain people to a degree, but I think it just shows a certain lack of character to be a show off.
If you are all about bling...if you are all about showing off...if you are all about having the latest and newest...if you are all about keeping up with the Jonses...well then, you will probably never be truly happy. Could you be? Yeah sure...money can pretty much buy everything. What is the psychological need to have "things". Is it some innate quality that has people leaning towards this way of life? Or is it learned? If you were brought up to think gold hub caps equals status, then you might just not know any better I am thinking.
I tend to look at the "haves" differently than I do the "have nots", but it's mostly if they are showing it off or not. The non show offs, intrigue me. The show offs, bore me.
You had to be a bigshot, didn't ya?