For this post, I used this prompt: Write about five things you need.
After stirring this question around in my mind, these are the ideas that stayed at the top of that pond.
It is very difficult to choose just five needs. I find my choices depend on the definition of “need.” If one is considering absolute needs, then the choices are very simple–air to breathe, food to live, water to drink, shelter from elements, and perhaps companionship for sanity. The traditional concept of companionship can be broadened to include books, animals, music . . . anything that sparks imagination, thought and dialogue.
Now if one agrees that those needs are true for everyone and that we should consider more personal needs, then my definition changes to what is needed to feed the?
For me, the list is as follows (and these were hard to limit):
- Time alone–solitude, time with self/for self
- Food for thought–conversation, books, movies, art, music
. . .
- Beauty to appreciate–literature, art, music, people, nature, . . .
- Self-expression–writing, singing, art, dance, service . . . creation
- Time of rest–sleep, nap, reflection
There are many sub-categories to my needs, and I realize my needs are rather self-based (selfish). Isn’t that the nature of need? Most of these are strongly rooted in the mind. I noticed exercise isn’t specifically mentioned. I’m chuckling, but it is a weakness. I do not do much of this type of writing–self-reflective, self evaluating. Now to find a healthy balance between absolute needs and personal needs. What are your needs?