Needs vs. wants.

I’ve been pondering a topic of conversation recently whilst I’ve been cranking out the miles. Wants vs.  needs. Needs vs. wants. Bit like Daddy or chips really. Or maybe that’s just me?

A need is something you have to have, something you can’t do without. A good example is food. If you don’t eat, you won’t survive for long. Now some people go for days without eating, but they eventually cave in and eat. After all you do need to eat.

A want is something you would like to have. It is not absolutely necessary, but it would be a nice thing to have. A good example is music. Now, some people might argue that music is a need because they think they can’t do without it. But you don’t need music to survive. However you do need to eat.

We’ve also experienced buyer’s remorse right?  I sure’s hell have. (Skinny jeans are my usual source of remorse – my backside simply isnt made for them.) You’ve saved up to buy the latest and greatest iPad. (Other tablet devices are available btw.) At first there is nothing better – the feeling of ownership is like a heightened sense of elation.  And then Apple announces a new iPad (complete with coffee maker) a couple of months later. How do you feel now?

These days it’s easy for us to be blinded. Need overcomes want. Most people go for instant gratification. I’ve done it, we all have.  There are a few points to remember about these two things:

►    A want is a tactic. A need is a strategy.

►    A want is unstable. A need is balanced.

►    A want is cause and effect. A need produces lasting results.

A want is a moving target and what we want always increases; so the elation or high needs to be greater each time. Sounds like a drug? Well, it is. Meanwhile a need is balanced and provides for stability in difficult situations. A need helps to define us; it provides meaning and quality.

Randomly right now I both want and need to run. I think that this is a good thing. Well to me it is.

Here’s my training log on Dailymile.

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