You Can't Always Get What You Want

I'd like to talk for a moment about wanting something you can't have. Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible to go out and get it, just that it may be unethical to take what belongs to someone else. In today's commercialized world it's easy to think that if someone has something you want, you can go out and get your own freshly made model. Example: My friend has an iPhone. I want an iPhone. I will, therefore, save money to buy my own iPhone.

But I'm talking about this hypothetical friend having something unique. Something no one else could ever have. Something that this friend loves dearly, and that you would give anything to have for yourself. There are only two options open to you in this case: 1) break ethical boundaries and take what you want, or 2) learn to do without. There is, of course, an unspoken third option: that is, if the friend becomes tired of the item and discards it, you can come along and pick it up. But the chances of this happening are slim.


The Triad

A long time ago, in a state far, far away, I had a vision of myself with a nice jacket, Converse shoes and a messenger bag filled with all kinds of goodies, but especially a super-powered, uber-awesome laptop. Ever since I had this vision, it had been the personal image to which I strove. I got the shoes, I got the jacket, I got the messenger bag, but one thing had always eluded me: the super-powered, uber-awesome laptop.

For about half a year, I had a laptop that I called my own, but was technically owned by the college I attended. Due to a series of unfortunate events, I was forced to leave this school after only a semester and with that went my laptop privileges. I held on to it for the summer, but always with the grim expectation and knowledge that I had to return it come August. (Which sucked even more, August being my birth month.) Thus ended my fleeting romance with the machine that got away.