I remember learning about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Psychology at uni. Something about food and shelter, which I translated to souvlakis and Naughton’s Pub.
Tony Robbins has since named six human needs, arguing that deep down we all need certainty and variety, to feel important and part of a community, to contribute and grow.
That all sounds right to me. I think if all those needs were being met, you’d be pretty happy.
One of the prompts in Fat Mum Slim’s photo-a-day challenge over the weekend was ‘What’s something you need? Not want, but need.’ I made the announcement that I would blog every day in September using these prompts. I lied. I’m sorry. We went away for the weekend.
Most of what I thought I needed in my life turned out to be wants; 10 hours of sleep each night (pfft, pre-children belief), new boots, mid-morning coffee, reliable internet… They’re all wants.
But writing? I’m going to add that to Tony Robbins’ list of things I need. In fact, if I was stuck on a deserted island, I’d need food, water, shelter and a notepad.
I did try to post blog entries on the weekend. But at midnight on a tiny phone screen, it didn’t work.
We filled a lot of needs during those couple of days:
- there was certainty that we’d have fun
- there were a variety of night caps
- we felt important (due to effect of point 2)
- with three families of best friends, we felt part of a community
- we contributed to solving the world’s problems (see point 2)
- we grew by trying something new:
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. What’s something you need? Not want, but need.