The world today equates worth with material possession. Everyday, mass media is telling you that what you have is not enough. You always have to keep up with the latest gadgets, houses, makeup, clothes, accessories and whatever it is that money can buy. It is our nature to always want something.
I have always seen this as a form of slavery. When you cannot function without an object that makes the object the master and you the slave. Think about it, when you forget your phone, you feel paralyzed or when you do not wear makeup you start feeling less beautiful. Its because we have made this a part of who we are when it should not be.
Here is a short verse from Minimalist that reminds me daily on this:
Stop buying the unnecessary.
Toss half your stuff, learn contentedness.
Reduce half again.
List 4 essential things in your life, do these first,
stop doing the non-essential.
Clear distractions, focus on each moment.
Let go of attachment to doing, having more.
Fall in love with less.
I am happy to be able to enjoy moments in life without having the need to conform to what the world dictates me to buy. I realised early on that having all the things money can buy will never fill the emptiness. I have learned to let go of wanting more and to just need what is essential. Do not buy into materialism.