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Things I Cannot Live Without Essays

The things I couldn't live without fall into two categories, material and emotional.

I couldn't live without my family and friends; I couldn't live without happiness; I couldn't live without dance etc.

There are also some material things that I feel I couldn't live without, though I'm sure if I had to then I would cope!

Read through my material must-haves and then answer the true or false questions below. Make sure you tell us five of your material must-haves too!


material things are objects that we can touch e.g. books, money.
emotional things are things we cannot touch e.g. love.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

1. My Blackberry

I've only had my Blackberry for about a year, but I am already worryingly addicted to it. I use it for everything, phone calls, texts and emails of course, but much more too. I read the newspaper on it, find new recipes, check train times, listen to music and take photos! I always carry it with me, though I try not to check it when I'm spending quality time with people. It's not nice when you're talking with someone and they are constantly checking their phone. But I love my blackberry and won't be getting a new phone for a while! I don't think the Iphone is as good!

2. The internet

I've had access to the internet since I was about twelve, although it has come a long way since then. I remember waiting an hour for one song to download; now it takes ten seconds. The internet is a great tool for staying in touch with my friends who live all over the world. It's also great for my studies. I can't imagine writing an essay without the help of the internet. It also of course, enables me to write these lessons for you!

3. A hot shower

There are a few times I've had to go without one of these for a couple of days and it makes me extremely miserable! Not having a hot shower is one of the reasons why I hate camping...well that and the spiders and the rain...I always have one to wake myself up in the morning and without that and coffee, I don't think I would make it out of bed! Sometimes the hot water in my flat stops working and it puts me in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

4. A comfortable bed

Similarly to a hot shower, without this I am not a nice person! My favourite bed in the world is the one at my parent's house. It is made from a special type of foam that moulds to the shape of your body. I always feel like I've had a great night's sleep when I wake up in that bed. The place I hate trying to sleep in airplanes. I might get two hours rest if I'm lucky and I wake up with terrible neck pain every time. When I have my own flat I'm going to buy a kings sized bed with a memory foam mattress. I might put a kettle and a fridge right next to it so I can have coffee and breakfast without getting up!

5. Chocolate

Ahhh delicious chocolate. I am not as addicted as I once was, but I still love to eat it more than the doctor recommends. I have tried going without it before, the longest I've lasted was a month and it was extremely challenging. I will never understand people who say they don't like chocolate. They must be lying. When I was teaching in Cape Town I celebrated my 23rd birthday. The students and teachers bought me so much chocolate I nearly exploded! I hope they didn't think I was going to share it...

Now decide if the following statements are true or false:

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Living our truth means knowing who we are, what we stand for, how we wish to experience life, and express ourselves in it. One area of our personal expression is what is important to us, or put another way, what we feel we cannot live without. Each of us will have unique items on our list, and it can be a valuable exercise to create a personal list.

As physical beings, there are some obvious things that we know we cannot live without. Primarily they include things like, oxygen, water, food and sleep. Secondarily, they include things like clothes and shelter. As spiritual beings, there isn’t really anything that we cannot live without, aside from our connection to Source—Love. We are eternal – we are complete – we simply ARE. There is nothing lacking or needing in this state.

Today, I know that aside from my physical needs, there really is nothing without which I could really not live. However, there are many things we feel very passionate about, and feel as if we couldn’t live without them. Below are some of the things I have chosen to put on my personal list. After reading it, I invite you to create your own list to foster a sense of knowing what you stand for, and want to invest nurturing in your life.

1. Love

This is the essence of my being – of all of our beings. I cannot imagine life without love, as it actually is “us” – all that we are at the core of who we are. For me love encompasses so much, love of self, love of others, love of nature, love of life, love of the present moment and so much more!

2. My Life Partner

I know that I am very blessed for not only having found, but being able to connect to a soul that I have spent many amazing lifetimes with. My life partner—my husband—and I are so deeply connected that it is honestly really hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. There was a time where fear used to grip me at the thought of losing him (only to some disease or accident). However, I have learned enough about our souls and their journeys today, to know that I no longer have to fear any of that. Neither one of us is going anywhere until either one of us is ready and that is not for a very, very long time. However, having said all this, I really cannot imagine “living” without him. We are best friends. We are best work partners. We are really everything to each other. It is not some “unhealthy codependency” but rather a deep and intertwined love that is really hard to describe using “Earthly”, physical words.

3. Nature

I love all aspects of nature so much, that I know there are very few in this world today who can understand just how deeply I feel about Mother Earth. Aside from love, I feel that my very essence is somehow connected to the living consciousness of this planet. I cannot imagine life without all the beauty that nature provides. Every tree, every petal, every creepy, crawly, hairy, furry or feathery creature on this planet today is something I marvel at and wouldn’t want to live without. And hence I appreciate them all, so, so much.

4. Warm, Sunny Weather

This may seem small and meaningless to some, but it is actually quite important for me. I really could not live without warm weather and the presence of the sun. The place I currently live in – Ontario, is as far as I will go to putting up with cold weather. I am an outdoors kind of person and between that and my love for nature, having about 7 months of cold is not really ideal for me. So I look forward greatly to the summers, take some excursions down south in the winter to break it up a bit and plan for a near future in a warmer climate.

5. My Thirst for Knowledge & Wisdom

One of my most favorite things to do in life is to learn. I know that my spiritual being knows everything it needs and has a direct access to the database of all knowledge. However, part of being in the physical is the chance and opportunities to learn everything brand new and I love this! I know that as school kids many of us couldn’t wait to stop learning. Well, I was there too, but after leaving formal education I quickly discovered a pure passion for learning and today it continues to be amplified in every area. Learning leads to the acquisition of knowledge and what we do with that knowledge, in terms of how we choose to use it, leads to wisdom.

6. Passion

This is another aspect of life that today I feel like “I cannot live without it.” Passion – fueled by love, is what drives me today to be and do all that I am and do. We are all unique and diverse and when we ignite our own personal passions, we add to the collective whole in amazing ways. We give this world and life, the color, meaning and depth that make them so amazing. When passion comes from a higher state of being, and not the ego, it can perform nothing short of miracles.

7. Healthy Food

Now I will be the first to tell you that “healthy” is a word that today means many things, to many people. So what do I mean? What I mean by healthy is wholesome, natural, and unprocessed food straight from Mother Earth. My body has today learned to thrive so well on only pure nutrition (and plant-based too) that I really feel I could not live without it. No boxes, no cans, no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, no frozen, no fast – just as pure, as pure can get today.

8. Gratitude & Appreciation

Not a day goes by where I am not grateful or appreciative of or for something. Most days many things, and many times. Therefore I cannot imagine life without these two amazing aspects of it, and I definitely do not see how I could live without them.

9. My Positive Attitude

I really cannot see anything but the best in every situation. I truly believe that there is nothing negative that happens, that doesn’t actually have a positive aspect to it. Having this attitude has greatly alleviated any old feelings of fear or worry. It is also what I attribute today to living life without any direct feelings of stress.

10. Personal Accountability

Many people are afraid of being accountable to and for themselves and seem to like letting others be accountable for their being. However, having been on both sides, I have to say, life is so much better when we are accountable for it ourselves. Thus today, I cannot go back, imagine or actually live without personal accountability. It is just too empowering. My health, my success, my happiness, my peace and all aspects of my life I am accountable for. This has helped me greatly never take on the “victim” attitude or the attitude that life is somehow unfair. There is no one to blame but only learn from my personal choices.

11. Simplicity

Whether it is one’s home, closet, work environment or other – it can represent simplicity, complexity or even chaos. I have learned to greatly value the simplicity in all parts and areas of my life, that today I feel like I cannot live without it. Whether it is at the material level or the emotional level – I love the feelings that come with simplicity like clarity and balance, and that is why this aspect of life also makes my list as something I wouldn’t want to live without.

12. Freedom

This is something that has been taken away from so many people over the ages, and today I appreciate and am so grateful for mine. I know that at the core, even in some form of captivity, be it a work cubicle or a jail cell – we all still have our own freedom as to how we will choose to respond or react to a certain scenario. However, nothing beats being truly free – free to say whatever one wants to say – be whatever one wants to be – go wherever one wants to go – and – do whatever one wants to do. The more freedom I experience in my life, the more it makes me realize how much I would never want to live without it.

13. My Knowing

What I have ultimately discovered up to this point in my life is that it is not just about having a positive attitude or having hope. Standing in our knowing makes a huge difference as to the quality of our lives. My knowing leads me to trust my choices and my beliefs about there being a higher order to things and the perfection with which life unravels. It is there for the big things, and it is there for the little things. Some people have asked in the past, but where does this strong knowing come from? It comes from connecting to our inner being—our higher self, if we can name it that. I cannot recommend a supplement, a book or some other magical means to increase one’s knowing. To access it, I simply encourage people to connect more deeply with themselves either through nature, or spiritual practices, etc.

14. My Open Mind

In the end, I realize that many things in my life and how I got to be to where I am today would not have been possible, had I not kept an open mind. Thus, I had to include this as one of the things that I can’t live without. An open mind has allowed me to take in more love, learning and have more faith than I could perhaps ever had the chance to do, had I closed myself off to a particular set of beliefs, values or attitudes. This is also why today I also encourage others to stay open minded, no matter how foreign something may sound. We just never know what we may be missing out on in life, if we close ourselves off.


Many self-help “gurus”, books and other outlets often promote the idea of “writing things down” for a sense of healing, peace or clarity. Being a writer, I feel like I write enough, and have to tell you that I do not actually take many opportunities to write things down anymore, personally for myself. It hasn’t hindered my life in any way – but what I learn from exercises like this, is that it does help in various ways.

Having done this, I am sure there are a few other things that I could have thought of, but I feel that these are the areas that I feel most strongly about at this time.

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