Society has given this negative connotation towards anything it deems to be luxurious or excessive.
Even if you work twice as hard as the next person to be able to afford the finer things, society will still find a way to judge you for indulging in them.
But what’s so bad about spending your hard-earned money on the things you enjoy? When you only live once, shouldn’t you strive to live the best life you can?
People may justify their resentment on moral grounds, but the truth is in most cases it’s just jealousy – “If I can’t have it, why should they be able too?”
But if you need extra convincing that society has it wrong, here are 7 reasons why it’s okay to want the finer things in life:
It’s What Makes You Human
All the way back from when early man was foraging for berries and first discovering fire, it was all about being number one. Things haven’t changed since then.
What has got us to where we are today, and what will eventually take us to the stars, is the drive for more and to be better., is the drive to get ahead on a personal level.
We’re the only species on Earth that can change the environment around us to suit our own needs, and we got there through pure human ambition and the desire for better. It’s what got us out of caves and what will keep pushing our species forward.
Combining all the aspirations of the ambitious ones among us is what pulled us ahead of all the species on earth, and it will continue to do so in the future.
You Deserve It
Nothing comes easy in this world, so we should be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
For whatever reason, we’ve convinced ourselves that success shouldn’t be celebrated, but the logic just doesn’t make sense.
The cat that gets the cream has to take a few risks, and the person that gets to the top has to put the effort in.
Both deserve the things they worked for, and so do you.
It Pushes Us Forward
We might think we have everything we need as a society, but innovation has shown us that we don’t what we need next, until its invented. But innovation comes at a high price. Without people willing to pay the high premium for the best gadgets and gizmos, corporations wouldn’t have the same funding they do now to push technology forward.
To stay at the cutting edge is always expensive. Those paying the highest premium to fuel it should receive societies gratitude, not its condemnation.
It’s a Beacon of Hope
For the impoverished, underprivileged, or for those who just haven’t made it yet, success is something to look forward too. The will to improve one’s circumstances is common to us all, and to see other’s living the life that we’ve always dreamed of is a universal source of admiration, envy, and motivation to keep going.
For the impoverished, underprivileged, or those who just haven’t made it, success is a sis a something to look forward to. There’s a strong motivation to put in effort in our lives which comes from seeing someone who has achieved the heights of their endeavors.
The luxury car, big house, and expensive yacht aren’t mere accessories, they are powerful motivators for anyone watching. Just as you want to be like the person you admire, remember that you can be an example for someone else.
There’s no better way
The quickest path to get anywhere is in a straight line, and success is all about getting there. Whenever someone discovers a new innovation or way of doing things, the whole world benefits in the end. And what accompanies new successes in any field – whichever it may be – is the inspiration of others to aim higher and find paths of their own.
There is no greater gift to humanity than lighting someone else’s spark.
It Just Feels Good
It may seem selfish to pursue our own pleasure, but that’s just how we’re built. And when you think about it, consumerism is healthy, both for ourselves, and for society.
The owner of a private jet might seem self-indulgent to the rest of us, but to their pilot, cabin crews, ground crews, and everyone else they employ, that owner provides for them and their families. It’s a matter of perspective.
The reality when all is said and done is that “greed is good”. Trite as it is, it’s true. The desire to acquire is a prime factor in our success as a species, and there’s no reason to be ashamed of it. How we get in a position to enjoy the more luxurious trappings of today might be another discussion altogether, but there’s absolutely no shame in enjoying what the world has to offer us.
We are who we are, and we only live once. Stop letting society determine who you should be, and start experiencing and aiming to get the most out of life.