Social media will have us believe that those who we follow have the most perfect lives. I think one of the biggest problems our generation has is that we spend money we don't have in order to impress people that we don't like.
For some reason we always feel like we need more things - a new car, pricey make-up, the latest fashion etc., to show off, and in some part, to make our lives appear as if it is more amazing than the next persons.
The truth is, many people are really struggling to get established in their twenties. It's so easy to compare our lives and feel a desire to have what someone else has when that person is close in age and looks like they have a perfect house, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect car, vacations etc. causing us to in turn work hard just to keep up appearances by buying the next big thing.
In the end, we don't realize that it really is just one big, vicious cycle. The simple truth is that all the money in the world will not buy you happiness.
It is very rare that a successful person will showcase or put themselves out there in a way that they express their unhappiness, depression, or hard times. What we usually see from those we grow to admire is their highlight reel. In other words, the brightest moments in their lives. You typically only see the best version of who they are.
What you don't get to see is what they battle with in their day to day lives. You don't hear about their worries or downfalls.
The point is, when all is said and done we all have struggles. You should stop spending money you don't have because none of that stuff you buy really matters. What does matter is happiness with yourself, who you are, and how you can make others feel good about themselves.
Yes. I get it, it's cool to have nice things. However, on your death bed you won't get to bring all those materialistic items. What you will hopefully have is the company of the genuinely awesome relationships you have fostered in your life and leave a legacy of doing good and being a great person.
For these reasons focus on your own life. Focus on progress + self-improvement, loving and respecting yourself, and treating other people well.
Get off that dreadful cycle of comparing yourself to others. Quit spending money for the sake of keeping up a facade. While it may initially seem like it, in reality, no one's life is perfect.
Just use each day to be better than you were yesterday. That is the way to fill your heart with pure joy and attain true happiness.