Life is made of many components. Air. Water. Food. Those are the basics. After that we run into a long and growing list of wants and needs.
What do you want in life? What do you need in life?
They are not the same, but they do vary with each of us. For someone rich, an expensive car or large house or plenty of money might be considered needs.
For the rest of us, those probably fall into the wants category.
Looking back on my life I see times when I had little and could have been considered poor. Other times I was prosperous and could have been considered well to do (put differently, not rich).
Yet, here I am facing death, staring it in the face, watching life drain away bit by bit, inch by inch each day.
My wants and needs have changed.
I would be willing to exchange many of my possessions for a few more months or years of life; backed up to when I was healthy enough to walk and move without assistance.
Needs? Air. Water. Food. Those I have in abundance.
Wants? Time. Health. We may not notice it, but those are being drained away every minute as we age.
We all have wants and needs.
Choose your wants and needs carefully because one of life’s major constants is change. All too often in life the change that happens is not the change we want or need.