We live in a world where excess is often celebrated; seen as a luxury, or a marker of success.
Learn to take what you need, not more just because it’s available.
I learnt this lesson the hard way. When I was seventeen, a night out at Coventry’s grimiest club, The Colly, was always a sweet opportunity, least of all because the shots were 50p each. I took this as meaning I could have as many as I wanted because the price was right. Of course I couldn’t. I ended up passing out, so drunk that I thought I couldn’t breathe. My friends were worried and I missed work the next day.
Learn to listen to your body, enjoy everything in moderation. Sometimes appreciating a tiny espresso for it’s smoothness in flavour can be far more enjoyable than trying to plough through a venti latte, just because you had enough cash for one (I have yet to finish a venti on the two times I’ve had them). Both shops and society will try to convince you that you ‘need’ more than you actually do. My advice is spend a little bit more on a little bit less, source quality over quantity.
Also take time to consider the ethics behind your consumerism; I am getting better at this as I get older. I’m very careful now with my supermarket purchasing, generally going for organic and greener products, especially looking for things sourced from local farmers. With clothes I’m becoming a lot hotter on where I can buy from and know that manufacturers have been paid a fair wage.
Whatever it is, don’t buy loads of it because you have the money to. Consider if you really need it, and try not to waste. We are a society with a hunger for consumerism, devouring all that we can; we live in a throw-away world that simply isn’t sustainable, take only what you need. And whatever you do, I would advise never drinking ten bright green shots in a row, especially not from the Colly.
(http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/clothing.aspx – Advice on ethical clothes buying)