Monday, January 23, 2012

Using the word 'Need' carefully

What do you actually need in life?

It is amazing to me the things we classify as a needs or must-haves when in reality they are just niceties.

A story to illustrate:

In the spring of 2001, I finished up a year of school in Jackson Hole Wyoming and was heading home to Illinois.  On the way home I 'swung by' the Kansas City area to check out the college I was planning on attending in the fall.  (Note: You don't 'swing by' Kansas City on a Wyoming to Illinois route. It's out of the way. Way out of the way.)

From memory I think I drove eight hours across Wyoming the first day.  On the second day I drove around nine hours to Kansas City.  And the following day was six hours home.  If my math is correct, that's a total of 23 hours on the road.

Here's the kicker.  No cell phone.  None.  If my car had broken down in the middle of Wyoming I'd probably still be there.

If we replayed that story today, a cell phone would be a must or a need.  But it wasn't just 11 short years ago.  This isn't a rant against cell-phones.  They're nice to have, I use mine quite frequently.  But do I need a cell phone?  Really?

What about you?  What do you really need?

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