lately i’ve been thinking a great deal about the difference of needs and wants.
i’d like to say i’ve made it to the point in life where i am easily able to separate one from the other, focusing on my needs more than my wants, but i must confess i have a long way to go.
this weekend, for example: i had to wants come across my mind’s radar and i gave in to one and passed on the other
i purchased a set of lego (or boxed-therapy as i like to call it) on saturday afternoon. i spent the better part of the afternoon building this really cool set that i had had my eye on for a while – and i had a lot of fun building it. of course, when the building was done, i found myself playing with the model for a short time before putting it on my shelf with the other models i have built in the past.
today i went to an electronics store to look at a pair of headphones that i’ve had my eye on for a little while. imagine my surprise when i saw that they were 30% off. i wandered around the store for a little bit, considering if i really needed the purchase or not. in the end, i decided against purchasing them for now because i really don’t need them. i have a pair of headphones that get me by for my purposes, and i convinced myself to be ok with that for now.
i realize that both examples that i’ve given both fall in to the category of wants. in reality, i can survive without those items. i guess what i wonder about is how do you separate your needs from your wants? what tools have you used to help you determine what you really need and what you really don’t?