What is truly essential?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Patricia Feager wrote a post this morning that got me to thinking about what is truly essential to life, or at least to life in today's world. Her post was related to gun retailers, but my mind began buzzing around the question "What is truly essential?" So here are a few random thoughts....

 

Food

 

Ahh, food. Glorious food. For me, essentials include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, bread, coffee, tea, etc etc. I love to cook, and in "normal" times go to the store every day or two since I don't plan way ahead. Since this current pandemic started though, I've been planning my meals for the week and going to the store once a week to purchase everything I need. And while I've had to change out some ingredients due to lack of availability, I have plenty of unique and interesting things to make. BUT.. is any of that truly essential? I would be very disappointed if I couldn't buy what I buy, make what I make, and eat what I eat but...

 

There are other people who eat every meal out of the house. I know a few of them. And there are those who might not eat out every meal, but they eat out a lot. And when they eat home, they just make a few simple things. Or they use frozen dinners and cook those. That's the way those people handle their culinary experiences. And normally that's fine, and many of them can still do the same thing. Right now restaurants are providing take-out food, and many are delivering. So for those people, essential could mean having the ability to get food they don't have to cook, but....

 

Many years ago, most people knew how to provide their own food. They had vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and knew how to hunt, cut and cook their meat. They fished. And they had chickens, goats or other livestock. They went to the local store for the few things they might not have been able to personally provide - like flour or rice. Or they traded with neighbors. But in general, they used what they made or had. They were very self-sufficient. Today there are very few people that can do the same thing. Most of our country lives with tiny parcels of land, or in an apartment with no room to grow vegetables. And most people do not have access to land with game, and if they do there are a lot of rules about when they can or cannot hunt. So things are different today than they used to be and.....

 

It all comes down to - what is the essential food requirement? In reality, the need is calories, preferably healthy calories containing protein and nutrients. To survive, I don't truly NEED to make poblano/sausage burritos, portabello paninis, eggplant parmesan, homemade pizza or delicious mouth watering steaks. People who eat out normally don't NEED to eat out in order to survive. If I am really honest about what is truly essential. I could certainly survive on a much simpler diet. But I wouldn't feel as though I was fully living because, to me, part of the excitement of life is trying new and delicious cuisines. I don't want to just survive; I want to enjoy. And what about beverages?

 

Beverages

 

We need water. That's all that's required to survive. We don't need beer, wine, liquor, seltzer, soda, juice, kombucha, or any of the other things we all buy and consume on a regular basis. 

 

We've come to believe those are all essential but they're not really. In order to stay alive, we just need water. In order to enjoy our life, we need more than that.

 

Utilities

 

What about utilities? Are they essential?

 

Water. Many moons ago, people had hand-cranked wells, or they walked to the river to get water. Now? We all expect to be able to turn on our faucets and have water come out. Hot water, cold water. We expect to be able to wash our laundry, take hot showers, make iced tea and wash the dishes easily. 

 

Electric. "Ahh, the joy of reading a book after dark from a small candle or lantern" said no one ever. Is electric truly essential? Couldn't we make due with candles, hand washing clothes, battery operated radios? Wouldn't it be possible to forgo air conditioning, electric heat, stoves, hair dryers, washing machines and dryers? Sure, maybe for a few days. But electricity has become an essential part of our lives. Without it, we'd be lost. Same with...

 

Internet. Many years ago, Internet was rated as more desirable than TV. Many were surprised by that, but think about it. If you have Internet, you can stay in touch, research, do your job, listen to the radio, watch live TV, see a movie, control your lighting, and more. Is Internet truly a "must" in order to live? We would all continue to take breaths if the Internet was gone. But it's such a part of life, it's now become essential.

 

Summary

 

My rambling mind hit many other topics, things that might be deemed essential by a government entity, but that are not really "essential" in keeping us alive. The fact is that we are no longer self-sufficient. We cannot distill our own liquor, grow and kill our own food, fix our fences, churn our butter, repair our cars, take care of our own medical issues or sew our clothes. We need grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations, medical facilities, restaurant food, utilities and home improvement stores to be open and available. Those things are not essential in giving us breath, but have become required to give our lives breadth.



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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
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My farmer's market, my water delivery and my Vodka tonics cover my 3 essentials. LOL OK well maybe my bride, son and health are up there too. 

Great post and reminder and I agree. Food, Water, Shelter and utilities at least plumbing and power are essential to make our food and water last and shelter in from the storm (which we are having on top of C-19). Guns and toilette paper never entered my mind until those early news stories prior to my news diet.

Mar 29, 2020 08:57 AM #37
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Kat Palmiotti
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I do think there are things we begin to assume are essential, but they aren't really.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - That seems to be a concern of many areas that typically have summer vacationers. People are escaping to their second homes, and the towns they are vacationing in are not happy to have them back. Partly because of the shopping issue and partly because of the possible virus issue.

Mar 29, 2020 01:18 PM #38
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets - A news diet is a great idea, and yes, our families are the "real" essentials! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Mar 29, 2020 01:20 PM #39
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Good Afternoon, Kat Palmiotti - Let's add to the list one more very essential thing to your great list - Friendship! I am so thankful that to me, you're not just a person I know as a result of ActiveRain. What a gift it was to meet you in Kalispell last October. We walked on your property before the construction was completed. I can still see your smile as you showed me room by room of those rooms that hadn't been built yet, including the windows and doors. It was such a good day for me and all those days we spent together, I relish. I will keep you in the treasure book of my heart as a good friend always. 

Although I'm guessing the Writer's Convention is on hold and more than likely I won't be there, even if it does go on, it was good luck for me to discover it and to discover you too! I will remember you and be grateful to you always ---Patricia

Mar 31, 2020 10:38 AM #40
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Kat Palmiotti
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - You are right, friendship is an essential! The author's meetings were one of the first things to be canceled around here. And yes, that includes the Writer's Convention. It won't be happening this year! You'll have to come here again so I can try to get you to eat some new foods. Haha.

Mar 31, 2020 01:20 PM #41
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I would be lost if I had to find my own food in the wild, kill it, clean it and cook it.  I can cook it, though, if someone else wants to do the other essential work. ;o)  I think we are finding there are a lot more essential people and companies the longer this all goes on.  I am thankful for them all.  

Mar 31, 2020 04:32 PM #42
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Marte Cliff
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Yes - food is essential, as is water. We go to the store to buy fresh produce, milk, and bread - which I could bake, but usually don't.

But if push came to shove, there's enough in our freezers and pantry shelves to feed us for a good long while. We might miss things we want, but we would not go hungry.

I thought it strange earlier today when I read about new clothing being essential. Aside from children who are outgrowing things and perhaps homless people who could use more layers for warmth,  do you know anyone who actually needs more clothes?

Mar 31, 2020 09:08 PM #43
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - Yes, most of us would be fine with cooking something that someone else killed and cleaned! Have a great day!

Good morning Marte Cliff - I know what you're saying about food in the pantry that would help keep you fed. Rice and beans provides sustainance but could get boring! And as for clothes, for the most part, new clothes would be a "want." At least in my book.

Apr 01, 2020 05:10 AM #44
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Erik Hiss
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I am certainly somewhat fearful of the certain scenario, but like you said it brings life back into perspective and hopefully is helping us realize what's 'most important' and 'essential.' Like faith, family and love. 

Apr 01, 2020 06:05 AM #45
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Erik Hiss - I do think our thoughts about what is really essential, and WHO is really essential are being clarified. Thanks for your comment and enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2020 06:10 AM #46
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Leanne Smith
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From having early experiences where my grandmother cooked on a wood stove, I totally appreciated your views on what is essential.  For me I would add Liberty because without liberty what is essential is dictated by others.  Thanks for an outstanding common sense perspective Kat Palmiotti 

Apr 01, 2020 06:23 AM #47
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Thank you Leanne Smith . Liberty is indeed a great add. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Apr 01, 2020 06:26 AM #48
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts during this difficult time.

We are staying at home and counting on home delivery for groceries and other needs.

Apr 01, 2020 06:34 AM #49
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I actually find myself missing Baseball right now . It kinda kicks off Spring ! 

Apr 01, 2020 10:34 AM #50
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You hooked me on 'food'.  Everything else is secondary.  Fortunately for most of us we don't run back and forth to offices.  I like to design in place.  Thanks!!

Apr 01, 2020 11:14 AM #51
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That's great, Roy Kelley - then you're staying healthy and safe!

Michael J. Perry - it is weird not to have any professional sports!

John Henry, Florida Architect - I find myself focusing on food a lot. Yum.

Apr 01, 2020 11:41 AM #52
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for your comment on my Fig Bars post.

A fig pie recipe for you.

Apr 02, 2020 07:52 AM #53
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I believe I have asked myself this question 1000 times in the past couple weeks. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and perspectives of what is essential...

Do what you can to make yourself happy and essential today Kat Palmiotti 

Apr 03, 2020 10:07 AM #54
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Thank you Roy Kelley for your comment and recipe link!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I've asked myself this question also! Thank you for stopping by!

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My local RE agents are very happy that they have been classified as "essential" by out governor, who is doing a great job.  But again, are they really performing an essential job that is critical to our economy or life style.  

rule of thumb?  Is it actually imperative and will some one die if i do not perform this task?  

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