Monday, September 29, 2014

What Do You Really Need?

How much do you really need to get through the day?

How much do you need to be comfortable?

After reading this blog last week, I felt inspired to blog my thoughts on the issue. Optimistic Existentialist posed the idea that we have mixed up our needs with our wants. We don't need, for instance, a house like this:



Or a car like this:



Or a closet that looks like this:



It's a subject I know a little bit about. We went through the 2010 Nashville flood. Our house was in this neighborhood:



After our home sat in four inches of water for a day or two due to an Army Corps. of Engineers error, we had to tear out the drywall and flooring and rebuild.



When you're just trying to sleep in your own house--the one you're paying a monthly mortgage to live in--you seriously reevaluate what's important to you. You need just a few things to live. Four walls and a roof, basic utilities, a bed, and a kitchen. Once your basic needs are met, there are a few basic "luxuries" you need to live your day-to-day life. Among them are:


And:



Even those are more "wants" than "needs," though (unless you need a laptop to make a living).

Think about it. If you lost everything you own and had to rebuild your life, what would you really need outside of your loved ones? How much extra "stuff" do you have in your life?

Another fun video: