This week has been interesting - car accident, internet issues, insurance issues and more. I have to change a lot of my plans and life at the moment because of it all. What I have always deemed necessities in my life, might not be as necessary as I thought.
How many things in your life do you view as a necessity, that you could get fine along without?
My car has always been deemed a necessity to me. Mine is still drivable after the accident. Mechanically it is still sound, the bumper and a couple of panels look worse for wear but are still firmly attached.
I added up the cost of public transport vs having a car last year. At the time I was travelling to Sydney every second weekend, volunteering twice a week and y lifestyle needed a car. It would have been more expensive and very time consuming to not have one.
Looking at my life now, I no longer drive to Sydney every second weekend, in fact I barely go there at all. We walk to school most days. I had to stop volunteering and apart from mornings where we are running late, I hardly use my car. Groceries (which I could get delivered), family things and public speaking are the only times I really need my car. I like the convenience of having a car, but it is no longer a necessity and is probably more expensive to keep the car than to use public transport now.
In some ways this is a necessity for interviews, Skype mentoring and being able to fix anything I need to with my business.
I switched internet providers due to so many outages and slow speed with Jiva. The day I switched back, Internode had issue with my exchange and the whole suburb went out. Now it looks like there is an issue specifically near my house. It will take 3 days to get a technician.
I rely on the internet for work, but the library and many places have free wifi. It is not a necessity as much as many people feel it is. Mind you, you can make money online to improve your finances and I prefer to have it at home. I feel not having it is detrimental to my business, but I can cope without it.
I am one of the few people I know who don't watch TV. It just doesn't interest me. I cannot think of a single show I feel compelled to watch the whole season of or 'can't miss'. I will admit I like The Big Bang Theory and Sons of Anarchy, but I see no reason to pay for TV.
I can think of so many more things we deem necessities, when in actual fact they aren't. We would get along just fine without them. Of course, what is necessary for one, is different for another. What things do others deem necessities that you don't?