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Living in a Disposable Society

Most of us have realized that we are growing up in a disposable society. Where buying a new cell phone every year, or a new pair of shoes every month, is the thing to do. Where leasing a car is normal. Where buying a dishwasher is expected to last only a few years. We live in a society that is needy and expects a lot with so little.

This works when you relate it to materialistic stuff. You buy, you throw, no biggie, right? But the problem arises when you treat your entire life as disposable. We live in a society where people have thousands of friends on facebook, twitter, you name it, but cannot confide or rely in a handful of people. We live in a world where we prefer to find a new friend rather than investing the time to make a current friendship work. We live in a place where relationships fail because once again, it’s easier to end a relationship rather than investing the time to try to make it work. Where have the sacrifices gone? Where has the time- investment gone? Where has the importance of friendships/relationships gone?

If there is one thing that travel has thought me, is to appreciate the little things in life. No, I don’t own the latest technology gadget. No, I don’t obsess over brand names. No, I don’t drive the car of the year. But I am surrounded by great people. Some whom I’ve known all my life. Others whom I’ve known for a decade. And those random friends I met while traveling- with whom I either spent a day with, or 5 months with. Regardless, these are the people who support me. Who listen to me. Who understand me. The places I’ve traveled to were fantastic places. But the people I met while visiting those places made the experience that much better!

About The Author

Tanya is an adventurous person who most enjoys the cultural aspect of traveling. She traveled to North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Europe. When she's not hiking mountains, she spends her time visiting local schools or families. It's a nice break from the 9-5 corporate life.

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Comments (4)

  • Jess

    agreed tanya. definitely quality over quantity right?

    • offtrackbackpacking

      Definitely! Lots of people learn that the hard way for some reason. I don’t understand why there is such a need for people to feel “wanted” or “popular” online. With all these social networks, there is now an obsession with staying connected with every single person you meet. It’s ok to meet a person, spend some time or share a moment, and keep going on with life, without ever contacting or seeing that person again. Don’t you agree?

  • pduan

    I always try to remember:

    “It’s fine to own things in life, but don’t let those things own your life.”


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