Goodbye, Fancy Cars
I loved fancy cars. Looking at them made me smile and seeing them pass by on the freeway made me want to own one some day. As of today, I have renounced fancy cars. Why? Because they are everything that is wrong with the world wrapped up in metal and rubber.
Bold statement, I know, but bear with me. Today, I went to go watch my friend drive a Ferrari around a racetrack. I was pretty excited to be so close to such a nice car and to see all the other cars that would be there. We were allowed to sit in these cars, touch them, and take as many pictures of/with them as we wanted. The closer I got to the cars, the more uncomfortable I became. I felt almost unbearably convicted.
So many of the people that went to drive these cars said, "When I'm rich, I'm going to buy one of these cars." One young girl even said, "I better find a husband that'll save up to buy me one." I know these statements are said in hope and jest, but they speak volumes about what we value as a society. We value money and status and those cars are the most sought out representation of that.
I touched those cars and you know what they felt like? Every other car I've ever touched. I didn't drive one and I know that it must feel pretty good to be able to go extremely fast, but will you ever drive that car any differently than a normal car in the real world? You probably shouldn't. I looked at those cars that were worth more than my college education and I was reminded of how easy it is to give yourself up to money.
As of today, I have given up on fancy cars. I can't look at them the same. If I were to buy a regular car, I could use the extra money for something far greater and far more beneficial. I could feed the poor or give a child an instrument. I could pay for part of someone's education. As of today, I refuse to get sucked into the world of status and fast cars.
Do what you want with your money. Your convictions are not mine, but really think about where your money is going. That is my challenge to you. Just because you can buy something doesn't mean you should. I'm sticking to getting from point A to point B.