Associate with objects that are durable.
Aged four I was gifted a plastic box of stationary. The stationary long gone, the lid too, the plastic box is one of the few items I still have and use from childhood. The box survived the rough actions of a 4-year-old, and remains a useful item for storing little things like money and stamps, it is a product of durability.
Durability, as well as reliability and simplicity, is what wins my respect and loyalty. Too often the modern consumer paradigm is about building into the design of objects obsolescence, they break after a short time to encourage the consumer to buy more of the same. Whilst obsolescence is good for profit, it is bad for the planet, the debris poison to the environment as well as humanity.
Objects that have durability often look dull and ugly, they may be expensive, but they hide the blessing of being rightly called war horses. Such objects won’t let you down, they keep going, they will stand up to hardship and punishment.
I write this blog post on a Fujitsu Siemens laptop. Fujitsu won’t win awards for design or good looks, but this laptop, and other of their products are noted for their durability. This war horse of a laptop has outlasted several laptop replacements, in other words the replacements died and this Fujitsu came back into service to replace them.
I was notorious for destroying mobile phones, dropping them, standing on them, destruction by water. In despair I turned to a builders phone called a JCB Toughphone, this is Alex resistant, you could roll a tank over it and it is likely to survive.
For a durable vehicle my option for the future will be the purchase of a Toyota Hilux, these vehicles are legendary for durability and reliability. The UK television series Top Gear tried to kill a Toyota Hilux by crashing it into trees and walls, dumping it into the sea for five hours, dropping a caravan on it, setting fire to it, hitting it with a demolition ball, and destroying a tower block with it located on the roof – it refused to die. The story on YouTube is found here in part 1, part 2 and part 3.