Friday, March 20, 2009

When Life Demands Your Self-Esteem.

I've been thinking for a long time before I started to write this entry. Now, I'm hoping I can finish what I've started.

Someone, who's 5 years younger than me, begged her mom.. she wanted a BlackBerry. "Because my friends own it, Mom. I want it too!" Oh God, she's 16 years old.. Maybe she's 2 or 4 or 6 younger for that kind of smart phone. I think she didn't even know what the main functions of BlackBerry are, and all she knows that BlackBerry pushes every 'movement' on her Facebook. Just because Facebook is her life; Facebook is everybody's life; and our lives is all about Facebook in every single breath we take, so that we should keep it updated. Because of Facebook and pride -maybe- she wanted a BlackBerry.

Another funny example. How often do you see anyone's picture (again, on Facebook - wherever) that she or he holding her/his Digital Single-Lense Reflex (DSLR) camera in front of her/his face, capturing her/his half-covered-by-her/his-gear face in the mirror? So many. And many more that you haven't seen. But how many of them are the real photographer? Less than so many. Of course the less than so manys wanted to learn how to use DSLR camera, but this is the second priority. Their first priority was.. "Let's own it!".

"We are what we eat". Does it have the same meaning with: "We are what we own"?

You know, sometimes I think.. Is this real life (not in David After Dentist style. LOL)? Contains of self-esteem and pride that is measured by what we own than what we have already achieved? This is so irrational. How could you handed something that you probably cannot use in the right way? What was your consideration before you buy something? Did you pick the right product, type, with reasonable price? Is it very useful and helpful for you?

Then why I said irrational, blantantly? Because these are some rational examples for me: My boyfriend is a photographer for almost 6 years, and he had to borrow his brother's SLR for 2.5 years before he bought himself a new DSLR from his photography salary. Kibo, my friend, a freelance photographer, had to wait for about 3 years until his parents gave him a DSLR camera to support his side job as a photographer - and it happened after his outstanding achievement at an international photo contest. Abhi, also my friend, bought himself a BlackBerry after he realized that his job demanded him to stay connected to his office e-mail for 24/7. My mom and dad never bought their daughter and sons something unnecessary - if we don't really need it - if we need it, they always say, "Show us your achievement first, then let us assess you."

Yeah, I think those example proved there are some normalities left in the world. Maybe this is crap. But you got the idea!


Adinda Adhit said...

I agree with this. How much do people spend unnecessary amount of money to serve their own desire? This is called lack attention to the fundamental.

Unknown said...

I think this entry is incomplete dear.. you should dig it deeper, but I thoroughly get it. I probably feel the same, but all I can say is... "That's our people!" :)

Unknown said...

jadi inget waktu minta temenin igor beli dslr and I had no idea, trus dia bilang "makanya, BISA dulu baru BELI" lol... yg simple2 kayak ginian nih yang suka terkikis seiring kedewasaan.

Anonymous said...

Support that very strongly! I couldn't agree more my baby doollll! Miss

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