Essay Realizing the Difference between a Want and a Need

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A dress… Shoes… Underwear… Seeing this list made me want to cry. Unlike in other years, there wasn’t a single toy on any of the lists. Underwear… Really? Underwear shouldn’t be on a three year old girl’s Christmas list. When I looked at this list, I realized I don’t need anything at all. The latest trends and technology seem so frivolous when put into comparison. When one realizes the difference between needs and wants, one transforms into an adult. By realizing the greater needs of others, one is able to put herself aside and dedicate her life to serving others. This Christmas season, National Honors Society held a coat drive. I was amazed at how many coats were brought in to provide for the needy families at the Community…show more content…
She said, “A need is something you cannot survive without.” There are multiple parents that are surviving and supporting families without a college education. As of 2011, only “three out of 10 adult Americans held bachelor’s degrees” (Vise). And that was setting a record high (Vise). My list of wants greatly outnumbered my needs, and I was amazed to see just how blessed I am. How blessed I am to live in the United States of America where I have freedoms that soldiers have fought and died for. How blessed I am to live in a family with both a mother and a father. In 2009, there was “approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United States…, and those parents are responsible for raising 22 million children,…26% of children under 21 in the U.S.” (Wolf). How blessed I am to have food on the table every night. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012 (2013 Worl…). I don’t have all these blessings just because I got lucky. I believe part of becoming an adult is learning from the blessed life in which one lives. From a blessed life, one can humble herself and see what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes. Then, help those people. Help can come in various ways: money, a smile, listening to them, giving a hand, etc. Within all the bad, depressing news I was able to read a story about a
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