I work in a very affluent area. Everyone who is anyone drives a REALLY nice car. You can find your Range Rovers, Panamera, BMW 5/7 series or Mercedes on any given corner. Heck, I use to be part of the group too – I had a G35. But ever since we started downgrading and getting right with our money I’ve kind of felt out of place.
Last week while on the way to pick up one of my charges from school, I happened to pass one of these really nice cars. It actually happened to be a Mercedes E 350. Yes, I’m a girl that knows her cars. It was really pretty, white, definitely something I would drive myself.
As I drove past, I began to wonder - “what’s the point in having a car like that?” Is it a status symbol? Is it just to prove to people that you have money? What is the purpose of having a Mercedes E350 or any luxury car for that matter?
So I began to look back at myself when I had my Infiniti G35. One of the main reasons I got it was for the speed. I LOVE fast cars. But I also think subconsciously it represented some form of status symbol – that I had made it in some way. Granted, I did not have the money that some of these people have around here, but I felt like within my peer group that I was doing pretty well.
I was having a conversation with my older charge just the other day about this very topic. She said that she didn’t like my Civic – and that she missed my old car (the Camry). When I asked her why – she said, “It’s not as nice as your other cars.” I said, “Well, really what is a car for? Does it get us to where we need to go?” And she said, “Yes.” I said, “Do you think it’s serving its purpose?” And she kind of laughed and she said, “Yeah.”
I’m questioning why we feel as adults we have to have certain things, (ie. an expensive car or an expensive house in the hills, or whatever you hold to mean status.) And am wondering what your thoughts are about all of this.
I think back to a meeting I attended a few months ago where the speaker asked us something very similar to my question. His question was this – “would a Honda civic not do the same as BMW?” At the time, I could not see what he was really trying to get us to understand. But now, his point rings very clear in my mind. Why pay double or even triple for something that you can get for much less and will last you just as long if not longer?
Anyway, I just wonder why status is much more important to us than reasonable sense. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how important status is to you? And if it isn’t, why isn’t it?
Help me out here people, what is status really all about… I am eagerly awaiting your thoughts.