Little girls love to play dress up, while little boys enjoy running their matchbox cars down imaginary tracks all over the house. We learn it early—this sense of obsession with things. We collect them, we store them, we display them, and we use them. Life is so closely connected to our things that it is very difficult to identify ourselves apart from them.
What we often perceive ourselves to be is tied to the things with which we surround ourselves. Take, for instance, a forty-five year old man who has just bought his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Maybe, he has never owned a bike such as this. But something drives him to reach out and acquire this new animal. Call it a mid-life crisis or what you may, but sometimes that one something is what is necessary to make a statement of how we feel about ourselves.