DailyBlog : What I Can’t Live Without

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For the sake of blogging and self-exploration and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list.

Today’s question : What do you have that you cannot live without?

This is a difficult question. I could take the easy route and discuss the basic necessities needed to remain alive such as oxygen, water, food, etc – but I’m pretty sure that whomever decided this question belonged on the list above expected anyone pondering it to dig a bit deeper into themselves rather than refer to science that everyone should already be aware of by the time they’re in first grade.

I can’t think of any “material possessions” that I can’t live without, save the obvious like food and basic hygiene products, but I do know that I couldn’t live without pets. I currently have several. I’ve rarely ever been completely pet-less at any point in my life, and the very brief periods of time when I was, filling that void was almost all I could think about. There is a part of me that simply needs the daily companionship of a non-homosapian in order to feel whole, and connected to the world. Animals bring me joy, they reduce my stress, and they represent what I wish humanity was. They need their basic needs met, but they don’t complicate their relationships with the man-made constructs of worth related to money, appearance, possessions, etc. The author of “Marley and Me” sums it up wonderfully. “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.” I can’t think of a single relationship that I have with a human being that doesn’t have some type of complication on some level. Obviously my relationships with some people are more complicated than with others, but I’ve never met a person with whom I have had a mutual sense of love and trust with nothing else in-between in the way I have with my pets. They trust me to take care of them, and they have never failed to be there for me. Experiencing the way they interact with not only me, but with the world, helps inspire me to make through the days. My dogs trust everyone, expecting to become instant friends with every person and animal they come across. I’m far more jaded than that. I trust no one unless they work to prove they can be trusted. Unlike humans, other animals are not capable of malicious intent. Having living beings around me that I can trust with absolutely no hesitation is definitely something I can’t live without.

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