NEED: What do you need? What do I need?


What do you need? What do I need? Needs and wants are different. We might want what we need, but we might also want things we desire and don’t truly need. Often times people say they need something when in actually it is something they want and not really necessary. What is the difference between needs and wants?

A need can be a verb or a noun depending on its usage. Basically, though a need is a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful. A want is to have a desire to possess or do something, something you wish for.

Needs and Wants

There are five kinds of needs. These types of needs are categorized in the following way:

  • Physiological Needs: Food, Shelter, Clothing, Water, Air, and Sleep for example.
  • Safety Needs: These include personal security, financial security, and health and well-being.
  • Social Needs: The need for love, companionship, friendship, and belonging.
  • Esteem Needs: Encompass confidence, strength, self-belief, personal and social acceptance, and respect from others.
  • Self-Actualization Needs: These according to Maslow’s hierarchy refer to the realization of a person’s potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

When you think about obtaining or purchasing an item you first should consider whether it is something you absolutely need or just something you desire. For example, you might need a car to get around, but you would not need a luxury car. A fancy car would be a want, a desire and not really something you needed.

Wants Needs

Trying to find the right balance between your needs and your wants can be tricky at times. Your wants might be so strong they overpower what you really need. You might not get everything you want in life, however, if you have everything you need you should be incredibly grateful.

Have you ever been worried or afraid that you would not be able to possess your basic needs? Have you ever done without fundamental needs in order to survive? Have you ever known someone that didn’t have a home? Or enough finances to supply themselves with a minimal amount of food and water? These are basic needs but for some they found it difficult to obtain.

In a song by the Beatles, it states “All you need is LOVE. Do you think love is enough to survive, to live? It is a wonderful thought, but I think love is not the only thing one needs in life. Love doesn’t help to have a place, a shelter to stay out of the elements. Love doesn’t provide you food for nourishment. Love might help you feel better, and some might give assistance out of love but is that enough? Everyone needs to decide for themselves what they need in life and go for it. If you are able to achieve some of your wants, your desires along the way, you are truly blessed.

Maya Angelon

God bless. May your life be full of Joy, Love, and each other. Share the Earth. Share joy and love to others. And as always, I appreciate y’all.

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