A Matter of Priorities
I am asked by a lot of my friends and aquaintances why I don't replace my 17-year-old car. They are shocked that I don't have an iPod. My best friend finally bought me a DVD player for my birthday a while back because she couldn't stand the idea of me being the only person who didn't have one.
My explanation for all of these things is simple: I'd rather spend my money on travel. My car gets me where I need to go, which is to the airport so I can fly away on an adventure. I love music and I can still listen to it perfectly well on my discman. Sure an iPod would be nice but I would rather spend that money on a train pass or a few nights in a hotel in Paris.
We all make decisions every day based on what's important to us individually and what's important to me is not things but experiences. I'm not saying the decisions I've made are any better than someone who chooses to spend their money on an iPod or the newest cell phone or whatever, I'm just saying I'm happy with the decisions I have made but surprised that people seem so shocked at those decisions.