10 Things I Can’t Live Without!

by Krantcents · 36 comments

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10 things I can’t live without seems like an obvious sequel!  Recently, I wrote an article called 10 Things I Can Live Without.  It was the success of that article that made me think about what I can’t live without.  Whether you are planning, budgeting or just analyzing your expenses, I think you reflect on your decisions in order to develop your goals and plans.

As I get older and more set in my ways, I know there are certain things in my life I need, enjoy or value to enjoy life.  These are some of the things, I probably thought about at various times in my life, but never did much about it.  They were important to me and I wanted to have them part of my life.  This is the time of year when you start a new budget, try to lose weight, make some changes to reach various goals or make plans for longer range goals.  What can’t you live without?

Music – Music is poetry put to a melody or combining vocal and instrumental sounds to produce an expression of emotion.  For me, music is a lot of things!  It is something I enjoy listening to help me relax, escape, inspire, motivate, stimulate or remind me of a former time or memory.

Books/Magazines/Newspapers – I love to read and read a great deal!  I read print material, electronic books and online.  It is information and a way to keep my brain from wasting away.  It is stimulating in many ways and something to make me think.  Reading answers questions and helps me relax, escape, fantasize, imagine and just plain enjoy.

Family/Friends/People – What would I do without human contact?  More importantly, I value family, friends and people I have known.  The relationships have had a material effect on me and what I have become.  My wife and children have made me better and I hope I have had some influence on them as well.  I value their support, love and the close relationships of family and friends throughout the years.

Love – The love of my spouse, children or friends is something I value.  I cannot imagine living without the love of family and friends.  I find the older I get, I realize what is really important in life.  It is the love between human beings that are close to me.  Everything else just seems material or frivolous unless there is that connection we call love. 

Exercise/Physical Activity/Sports – Without physical activity, I would slowly die.  I need or require it to enjoy life.  I know there will be sometime in the future when I can no longer have as much physical activity, but hopefully that is decades away.  I enjoy things like cycling, walking, swimming, skiing and so much more to stop voluntarily.  I am not much of a spectator, instead I like participating in physical activity.

Technology – I use my computer to connect to people and access information.  I need the internet, computer and phone.  I very rarely use it for entertainment, however reading and learning is entertaining.  I need information not just because it is enjoyable, but it keeps me engaged with what is happening in the world.  I use it to write, engage others and influence through my viewpoint.  Technology makes the world smaller and provides access to much more information.

Basic Needs – Food, water, oxygen and shelter are important to just survive and meet your basic needs.  I do not need luxury accommodations or gourmet food, but reasonable shelter, clean air and basic good, healthy food is what I want.  If you read about the people who live to 100 years old, they eat basic food (unprocessed) and have physical activity.

Work/Volunteer – My various careers have covered nearly forty-five (45) years.  I have always worked in some form or another whether for someone else or in my own business.  Some may want or need the money, but it is so much more.  Do you work to live or live to work?  Whether it is work or volunteering, I need the value of work in my life.

Health – It is hard to live without good health!  For many years, I took my good health for granted because I was in good shape, healthy and very active.  As you get older, you realize that you are vulnerable to disease and injury.  I broke my first bone (collarbone) in a bicycle accident twelve (12) years ago.  I was diagnosed with glaucoma two (2) years ago and last year I found out I have degenerating discs.  I am still active and my glaucoma is under control.

Goals/Plans/Accomplishments – To say I am goal oriented or accomplishment driven is an understatement!  In those rare moments that I am not working on a goal, I feel adrift.  Even on vacation, I have goals, it may be just to have fun, fit in some sightseeing or taste some good food.  Isn’t there a purpose to everything you do?  Alright, not everything is important, but almost everything important has a purpose.

Final Thoughts

When I put together my list of things I could live without, it was easier!  I am constantly changing things and giving up something to reach a particular goal.  Right now, I am trying to eat a little healthier.  Recently, I bought my wife some candy for Valentine’s Day and the sales clerk tried to give me a sample.  I surprised her by turning  it down. It is easier when I do not have it around me or in the house to give it up.

Thinking or writing about the things I need or can’t live without is harder.  As you can imagine, some were easier than others.  From my perspective, I try to keep a very small list of things I can’t live without.  I value experiences, relationships, human beings much more than possessions.  Thinking about what is important in your life  gives you direction or what you should focus on in life.  So what are the things you can’t live without?  Let me know in the comments.  These are my 10 things I can’t live without!

Photo by:  Samira Khan



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My Financial Independence Journey February 19, 2013 at 2:41 am

I’ve noticed that my opinion of working changes with my job. If I have a job I like, as I do currently, I think to myself “hey, I could work another 30 years, this is fun.” When I have jobs with bad bosses and low pay, as would be a kind description of some of my previous employment, my thoughts shift to “If I save X amount, how fast can I stop working forever.”

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

I think you should always think you want to have a choice. For example, I like what I do (teaching), but I don’t want to continue forever. I have enough money put aside that I always have a choice.

Money Beagle February 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

I’m guessing from the picture that you are a Billy Joel fan? I love his music, always have. Went to multiple shows when he toured regularly in the 90′s, and even stayed in line all night to get some great tickets for a couple of the shows.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

I am a huge fan! I went to my first Billy Joel concert in the 1980′s. Over the years, I think I have gone to 5-6 of his concerts. There is something about his music that really speaks to me.

Michelle February 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

I agree with your list! I can’t live without my family, my wonderful dogs (they are of course my family but I want to single them out ha), friends, job, etc.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 7:02 am

Putting this list together makes me realize whty is really important in life.

PK February 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

I’m also a Billy Joel fan – I’m glad he got that “crashing into houses” thing under control.

I note for music you wrote, “Music is poetry put to a melody or combining vocal and instrumental sounds to produce an expression of emotion”. So, no instrumental pieces in the collection? Jazz and classical have a long tradition of omitting words, and there are enough rock songs sans lyrics to keep you occupied for a while.

They are hard to find on Google if you don’t know the title, however…

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

I was and am a huge Dave Brubeck fan, Coltrane too and some classical music. When I made my list, I was thinking principally of rock n roll music. I listen to music for various reasons, jazz and classical music is calming for me vs. uplifting.

John S @ Frugal Rules February 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

Great list! I would echo many of them, especially my loving wife and three little ones. They make life so much sweeter and I have been blessed beyond what I could ever imagine. In terms of what I would add to the list, mine is a little more trivial…air conditioning. I absolutely hate the summer and the heat that comes with it. I know it’s trivial, but I still love having it.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Your list can contain what ever is important to you. The weather is just about perfect in southern California and I do not need much AC. Besides, it may be part of shelter or the basics.

Chris February 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

Health, the most important on this list in my opinion. We are nothing without it and it makes everything else seems worthless.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

You are right! It is not just enough to be alive, but you want to be able to do something.

Holly@Clubthrifty February 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

My list is similar to yours! My main things that I can’t live without are food, water, and my family!!!

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I agree! Money never seems to enter into it, yet we are all striving for it. Taking a hard look at what is really important occasionally, gives you a better perspective on life.

Barbara Friedberg February 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hi Krantz,
I agree with your list and I have to admit I’d probably add tv. What can I say, I love my shows:)

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I don’t disagree, however I wanted to get down to what I really could not live without. I would make TV number 11.

John@MoneyPrinciple February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Your list works for me I think but I sense that you have forgotten one thing – you need to write.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks, but I thought I covered that under technology, “I use it to write, engage others and influence through my viewpoint”.

Kevin @ Invest It Wisely February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Something I personally like is a couple of weeks under a hot sun on a nice, warm beach. Just a couple of weeks is good, cause you don’t want to get freckled skin. ;)

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Maybe I am spoiled living southern California! Last weekend I had 80 degree weather in February.

Canadian Budget Binder February 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

You have quite the comprehensive list. I might find it tough to come up with just 10 things I can’t live without but you covered quite a few. It’s amazing once we sit and think about what makes us happy and get through each day.. these are the very things we can’t live without.

Krantcents February 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

The hardest part was limiting it to just 10 things! The exercise made me realize what is really important versus just an indulgence.

Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce February 20, 2013 at 5:00 am

So happy to see you put music and books tops on the list! I am totally with you on that. Without music, I shudder to think what our lives would be like…

Krantcents February 20, 2013 at 6:59 am

For me, music seems to evoke emotion! Usually happy by remembering something associated with the music.

AverageJoe February 20, 2013 at 5:09 am

It’s funny that you turned down the Valentines treat. Yesterday I turned down a piece of cake at a party. Suddenly I thought to myself, “You can have anything you want, just not everything. Is cake what you really want?” While my taste buds said, “Hell, yeah!”, my brain said “Probably not.”

Krantcents February 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

Besides giving up the candy, it was fun to “shock” the clerk. I don’t think people turn it down very often.

Fine Tune Finances February 20, 2013 at 6:00 am

I can’t live without Chocolate!!

Krantcents February 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

I don’t know if I will give up chocolate forever, but I didn’t want it that day.

Pauline February 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

my list is pretty similar to yours. And need movement. Be it travel, sport, a new endeavor, I need to keep going. Routine is not for me.

Krantcents February 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I love routine, but it doesn’t have to be boring. My routine is filled with lots of thing to do.

Kim@Eyesonthedollar February 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Very nice contrast to the other list. I could not live without my family or my dogs. As far as things, I’ve found I don’t need most of them, but I’m with you in placing more value in experiences than having more things.

Krantcents February 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Thanks, I think everyone should go through this exercise. I realize what is really important.

Newlyweds on a Budget February 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

I agree with pretty much everything, although I would add vacations to the list. I love looking forward to a vacation and visiting a place I’ve never visited before. I would definitely forgo material objects to go on vacation.

Krantcents February 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I agree, vacations are important, but I tried to keep it to my 10 most important things.

Sarah Park February 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I agree with all in the list. These are very essential to keep us living life to the fullest.

Krantcents February 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks, As I completed my list, I thought maybe I should gone with a list of 15!

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