Descriptive essay on consumerism

Topics: James Truslow Adams, American Dream, Personal life Pages: 1 (749 words) Published: October 28, 2014

Essay #1 Descriptive Essay
10/26/14
American Dream
Right before I started high school we were building our very own customized house on the five acres my parents had just bought up on five mile prairie. I was definitely enjoying picking out the carpet and paint colors for my room and bathroom. It was 1996 when that house was finished and we moved into it. Everything was put together just as we'd asked and everything was brand new and untouched. I was a sophomore and my only concern was how much fun that I was going to have. Around this time is when cell phones became huge, and of course I had the super cool Nokia SCH 100 with an awesome faceplate and also a pager. I had cool clothes, nice shoes, and even a computer. My parents gave me a car. It wasn’t the coolest car ever but it was mine! My dad had a pretty good job with several perks such as taking trips to Hawaii and to Arizona. We also had a cabin out on long lake, a boat and a wave runner. I thought I was living the American Dream. With all of this going on I had no trouble finding fun. If I was bored I would just go buy something entertaining. I did a lot of things with friends but most of them also had a lot of these material things, we didn’t really have to be creative and come up with our own ideas for fun and entertainment. All of this makes me wonder how much emphasis are we putting on this need for material goods, and what are we teaching our children? What type of effect could this materialism have on us? When I was a senior in high school this way of living came to an abrupt halt. My dad changed as a person, my parents got divorced and my dad also lost his job. My mom hadn’t worked in fifteen years and had to get back into the work field. We sold our boat, wave runner, lake cabin, our house, and all of other things that we had went into a storage unit and were later lost. I had just moved out with a friend when I was 17 and struggled terribly with my “need for materialistic things.” I...
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