I will admit, when our new, blue Dell desktop showed up next to the garage, I was a little more than excited. After all, how often does a new computer come in the mail?
I broke the Wii, as some of you may know, while playing a game of (my favorite video game) Beatles Rock Band one afternoon when my parents were out. My lovely father bought me a new one not two weeks ago and I am happy to announce that I've almost beat the game for a second time. I was pretty much exploding with happiness when we got that white box of fun.
And what about my first mp3 player I've ever gotten? Santick Sansa, I think, held a pathetic amount of space but had blue earphones. Man, that thing was like magic. I had my, what, twenty CDs on there, and gosh, things couldn't get any better then 658 bytes. (It can, now I have a seven-gig Sony WalkMan which is the next best thing to an eight gig Nano)
But of course, there are problems.
This new computer is great, but it doesn't have Google Chrome. The laptop's got Chrome, and I think it rocks. It's newer, faster, and ultimately, my friend Krista had it first.
Oh, the Wii is wondrous, but who here's heard about Kinect, the Xbox game where you're the controller? Dude, the commercial came out and the first thing I said was, "that looks SO cool!" It did NOT help that my cousin Hunter and buddy Zach both got it for Christmas.
My mp3, like I said, is awesome quality, great storage, holds pics, vids, all my downloads, and other important stuff, like, say, music. But, then again, the iPod Nano is better. It's brand name and apparently a lot better. It takes pictures and, hey, holds an extra gig of space. Also, a girl at my church named Morgan has one and has proclaimed to us how awesome it is.
So, as you can see, my friends seem to be ahead of me in most departments. And when you first about the newest thing, you think, Oh, man, I don't have one of those! Man, you're so lucky! New things are coming out all the time. And our friends don't help.
Last year I really wanted a cell phone. After, all, EVERYBODY had a cell phone. Krista, Shannon, Jessica, Zach, Ozzy, Megan, all of my friends had cell phones before I did! So I talked it over with my parents, and they said very straight-forward: no.
And so while my friends rubbed it in my face, I just sat there, utterly phoneless.
But then I realized the things that I wasn't really missing, like spam texts, losing my phone or charger, having to pay for minutes, and having to turn it off most of the time in movie theaters, church, ect. Most of my friends actually DIDN'T like having phones more than liking their convenience.
Of course, I would LOVE a cell phone. But it's not at the top of my wish list. I also learned that my friend Jordan didn't have one, neither did my old friend Katie, or my cousin Felicia. So I was NOT the only person on the planet without one.
The same thing goes for everything else. I don't need a Kinect, or Chrome, or a Nano. We get too wrapped up in the things we DON'T have rather than the things we DO have. After all, I'm quite happy with my new, blue Dell, my black Sony WalkMan, and my brand-new, much-missed Wii.
If there's something you want really badly (cell phone, video games, your own laptop, a pet, a shirt) that your parents don't want you to have or that you can't afford, don't sweat it. When you're older, maybe you can get one, or save up your money. Be thankful for the little things, like sleeping over a friend's house, or your pet fish. This world might only care about what we DON'T have, but we should be thankful for what we DO.