10 Things I Can’t Live Without

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

(Disclaimer: This is a non-inclusive list of ten non-living things that I cannot live without. I am not including people or animals in this particular list.)

The world is an amazing place, filled with people, places, and things that are simply breathtaking. Today, I’d like to share with you ten things that I don’t think I can live without.

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

  1. Books
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Books have always been a huge part of my life. My love affair with books probably started after reading The Baby-Sitters’ Club series, by Ann M. Martin, the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, and the beloved childhood book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. These three books have not only encouraged my love for reading, but helped to fuel my overactive imagination.

To this day, I have a good selection of books and I am a frequent visitor of the library. In fact, a library card was the first card that I have ever received.

2. Phone

This item is on my list simply because my phone isn’t just my phone. My phone is also my wallet, social media planner, watch, calculator, and alarm clock. I use it for so many things, which is both good and bad. It is good in that it is multifunctional and I am definitely getting the most bang for my buck. But it is bad, because staring at screens all day is definitely not good for your eyes or your health.

See also: How I Spontaneously Cut Down Screen Time

3. Laptop

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I need my laptop for work, as well as for blogging. As something that helps to bring in income, it is definitely a necessity.

4. Chocolate

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As a self-proclaimed chocoholic, this is one food that I absolutely can’t live without. What I love most about chocolate is the variety. There are M&M’s, Nutella, strawberries dipped in chocolate, candy apples, 3 Musketeers, Hershey’s, and so much more. There’s chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. It’s all so heavenly. If I could, I would love to just eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I can’t. I can’t because it’s not 100% healthy and it would be bad for my teeth. But it’s nice to think about.

5. Car

Especially where I live, a car is absolutely essential. Though not impossible, it’s hard to get around without a car. Without a car, you have to walk for miles just to get to the nearest bus stop. Without a car, you have to hope that an Uber is running in your area. I don’t like that we are so dependent on cars. I’m not a big fan of cars and driving. But it is a necessary evil that we must do because it is so necessary, not to mention convenient.

I wish that more cities would create roads that were more friendly for walkers and bikers. I wish that more cities had a stellar transportation system. When you think about all that nasty carbon dioxide emissions that can get filtered out into the air doing all kinds of damage to the planet, it makes you not want to drive ever again. And yet, we still do.

6. Globes

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This one probably sounds strange, but I have an obsession with globes. When I was younger, I used to watch on TV the globes that people had for decoration in their homes. It seemed like such a senseless thing to have. After all, it doesn’t have much of a function. But functionable or not, it looks pretty and it makes my heart happy. Perhaps it’s the feeling that we are all connected, no matter how separated some people seek to divide us. Or, perhaps it satisfies the wanderlust in me. Whatever the reason, I love it.

7. My Favorite Mug

My favorite mug

This particular mug is not very expensive or pretty to look at. But the reason why I value it so highly is because it has my name on it in big bold font. I just love to drink tea, coffee, and sometimes even milk in it. I’ve been using this particular mug for two years now, and it feels like home to me.

8. Internet

For the same reasons why my laptop is on this list, the internet definitely makes it. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to do any work. I wouldn’t be able to blog. I wouldn’t be able to connect with the hundreds — thousands — of people I’ve “met” on the various social media sites. I wouldn’t be able to connect with friends and family. I wouldn’t be able to broaden my knowledge of life and perspectives. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to do so many things.

9. My Favorite Top

I believe everyone has that one piece of clothing that they wear more times than they’d like to admit. For me, that would be a shirt that I’ve had for at least a decade. It’s old, it’s even holey now, but it feels like home whenever I put it on. The fabric still feels so soft, probably from multiple cycles in the washing machine. The writing on the shirt is so faded that I don’t know what it says anymore. But it’s my favorite top and I look forward to the moment when I can wear it, though the only place I ever wear it is in the privacy of my house.

10. My Mom’s Old Jewelry

Heirlooms are precious to me because of all that they represent. They represent tradition. They are a reminder of the person(s) who used to wear them. Sometimes they can blend the traditional with the modern. For me, that would be my mom’s old earrings, necklaces, and rings. I don’t ever wear them. In fact, I don’t wear any jewelry at all. I just keep them tucked away in an old jewelry box of hers. It’s comforting to know that I have them, even if I don’t wear them.

And you, my dear reader, what is one non-living thing that you can’t live without?

Please help me grow!

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

42 thoughts on “10 Things I Can’t Live Without

      1. GQ is a men’s magazine. They are doing a series on YouTube, titled “10 things I Can’t Live Without” where they ask celebrities about their essential items.

      1. My blog Helen..
        I love to share my thoughts to my fellow bloggers and also very much interested to go through all of your writeups👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙏🏻✍🏻

      2. Yes absolutely! I love the poetry that you post on your blog. It’s so nice to have an outlet to express creativity and opinions.

    1. Yes I’ve heard of them but never tried them. Have you?
      That’s true but I still wouldn’t want to spend too much time on the screen lol

      1. Nah, I never tried them, because I’m blind. I could stare at phone and computer screens 24/7, and it wouldn’t make a difference to these useless muscle and tissue balls. But my nephew has those glasses, and I’m so glad he does, since school may be virtual for the rest of the school year, or longer. He’s stuck on the computer for 7 or 8 hours a day. The glasses work great for him. He’s only 8 years old. I doubt he would’ve been able to sit through 40 hours a week of screen time without them.

  1. Absolutely can’t live without the written word. Don’t care where it is, what’s it on, or how I get it.
    I was going to be like ‘books are life’, but really it’s not books so much as the words inside the books.

    I just nodded my head as I read through the list. I couldn’t imagine a life without any of these.

  2. I can’t live without chocolate and my favorite piece of clothing too! I’ve never met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like. And my favorite nightstand is barely hanging on by a thread but I won’t give it up 😀

    1. absolutely sometimes it is the memories that shows an object’s true value and not the item itself.
      The only piece of chocolate I’ve loathed is white chocolate. Didn’t like the taste lol of course this was twenty years ago so who knows I may like it now.

  3. I am so with you! Everything I need in order to write, blog, and read are things I cannot live without 🙂

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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