The first time I noticed a curious pattern in my behavior, wanting one more thing, I was in my early twenties picking up a coat on layaway. It took a while to save enough money, but finally, the coat was mine.
A more subtle trend is also brewing, an inner quest, a spiritual expansion. Instead of building rockets to reach Venus or Mercury, we feel a calling to journey to the core of our being, call it our essence or unconditioned Consciousness. In ancient teachings, it was referred to as the Christ within or Buddha-nature.
People push back when I express my (now) natural state of non-attachment. "I bet you miss seeing your grandchildren?" a friend may say. "No," I say, "but it was wonderful being with them."