Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Uhhhhm, Swag?

  Now I'm gonna make this short and sweet. Swag is the word kids now-a-days use all the time, a shortened version of the word "Swagger" which means:
  1. To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner.
  2. To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious; to bluster; to bully.
  Basically the way you carry yourself. A "Swagger Jacker" would be on whom copies another's style. As of late our generation has been obsessed with swag, not necessarily having swag but literally the word swag. It is in the media, mostly perpetuated by rap music. Everyone cares about flashiness, everyone cares about swag, so much that so many have convinced themselves that swag can be bought or that if they dress a certain way they will have swag just because they saw someone else receive many compliments for dressing that way. So many have convinced themselves that if they buy a pair of $200+ sneakers, or a pair of $300 headphones, or multiple snapbacks they will have swag. This is terrible, because we are currently in a recession. So badly that it is no longer a recession it is simply a lifestyle, a poor lifestyle for many of us. Money is being wasted on things that don't matter, but this is our nation. This is America, we are the country in trillions of dollars in debt. It is represented in our youth (ages 18-25). Everyone is trying to keep up with the Joneses, always trying to keep up with the Joneses. Even if that means living off Ramen noodles for a month and soon enough filing for bankruptcy.   What people today fail to realize is that Money cannot buy Swag. Like I said, it's the way you carry yourself. You make the outfit, the outfit doesn't makes you. Spending beyond your means does not make you "swagged out" and it certainly doesn't make you better than anyone else. Spending beyond your means makes you stupid. I know that this has been said many times and many ways, but it seems no one is listening because I only see the problem getting worse.

  Financial adviser Suze Orman discusses people of our generation like this in Young, Fabulous, and Broke. Here is a clip:

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