Needs versus Wants. #SoulfulSunday

A year ago, life changed for the denizens of this planet. Life, as we knew it, came to a standstill, thanks to a virus that threatened to wipe out the smile from every face on earth. We were forced into our homes, advised to stay indoors, come what may, and learn to adjust to the new locked down lifestyle. 

I remember the night when the lockdown was announced last year, hubby came home late, armed with a few bags full of all that we could possibly need during our confinement. Things that were, actually, what we would want to make life easier, than we would need. 

There was SO much of it, we lived those months busying ourselves enjoying stuff that could have really helped those in need. Well, we did have the money so we got all that we wanted. Wants mattered then. Wants that were addressed to keep the smiles on our faces even during the darkness.

Today, a year later, things haven’t changed much. The pandemic is still around, as is the virus in its new avatar and the havoc it wreaks on us. A partial lockdown was announced last week, which meant we were not allowed to step outdoors in the evenings, and on weekends.

Again, we prepared to store things that we might not find lest rules became stricter. However, this time, something had changed. Life that had begun changing last year, had changed us along with it. Our thinking, our living, our earning and our spending. All of it had—has—changed.

We have reached a space where spending on wants is looked down upon. Spending on needs is the trend we follow. 

Thanks to the difficulties last year brought to our doorstep, we now know the difference between wants and needs, and vote for ‘needs’, any day. Oh, and how our needs have reduced! We realise how less we really need to survive. 

We now look at what we have, and plan accordingly if and what we need. And, although initially it did seem a bit tough to deal with, this difference between needs and wants showed us how simple life really is and how happy we can be, living simply. How we had been complicating life with stuff we didn’t need, cluttering our homes and our minds with things that were superfluous. 

Yes, money in the pockets is less than earlier, but there is contentment in the heart when we see the few things that we need to survive. Contentment and gratitude for those few things that God has provided. Things that don’t weigh much on the pocket, nor take a lot of physical space. 

Earlier, when we made a list of things we had, the material possessions blinded us to things that really mattered. Now, when we make a list of things we have, God’s blessings figure on the top and we are satisfied. Well, we have His blessings, what more could we ask for!? 

He has blessed us with a new perspective towards life that makes life a lot easier to decipher. He has blessed us with some truly wonderful, loving souls for friends and family. And, He has blessed us with the precious knowledge about spending the short time we have here being good to everyone, doing things that give us true happiness

Really, what more could we want? No. What more could we need? 


This post has been written for #SoulfulSunday. It’s a weekly writing exercise that I have been working on along with my friends, Esha and Vinitha. 

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

3 thoughts on “Needs versus Wants. #SoulfulSunday

  1. Things have indeed changed this year as compared to this time last year. There was a lot of fear and panic last year. The lockdown restrictions in the UK were not that strict like in India. People were not only allowed but encouraged to go out for a hour-long physical exercise, be it walking, running, or exercising in the parks and yet there I was fearful and panic-stricken that I could not even open my house’s main door lest the virus has been impatiently waiting for me at my doorstep. The moment I opened the door, the virus was to enter my body making me sick. And yes then there was also the scare of the supermarkets’ aisles running empty. Do you recall the scarcity of toilet rolls? It was for real. We had become complacent with the arrival of 2021 thinking the change in the year will automatically lead to the clearance of the virus from the world. It has come back only stronger. The only virtue which will see us through the pandemic will not be money, although important, but gratitude and faith in the universe.

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