I might have blogged about this before, but a conversation with my best friend made me think about it again.
When you’re younger, it’s hard to tell the difference between wants and needs. When you were walking through the toy store and you saw a toy you liked, you probably begged your mom for it, citing how much you “needed” that toy because it was the latest, the greatest, and the coolest thing.
But of course, you didn’t “need” that toy. You only wanted it. A need is something that is essential for your survival and the basic needs are food, water, shelter, and human companionship.
What’s interesting about our society in America today is that the majority of our nation’s citizens have those basic needs totally fulfilled, so we don’t know what it’s like to NEED something. That’s why I think that a lot of us get our wants confused with our needs. Yes, it’s easy to say we need the latest iPad or smart phone or whatever, but if you think about it, the technology we have is sufficient. (It’s another story if you do NEED that type of thing in order to succeed at a job or something.)
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting, and not appreciating the things we have that fulfill our basic needs: the food in our cabinet and refrigerator, the water from our tap, our loved ones, the roof over our heads, the steady job that allows us to keep our needs fulfilled, etc.
So the next time you find yourself wanting something, ask yourself… do I really need that?