Monday, April 9, 2007

You can't always get what you want

"But if you try real hard, you get what need"

Life doesn't always provide what you might think is the most important thing to you at that particular time. And it's hard to differentiate what you want and what is necessary sometimes. Probably most of the time in our consumer based society. So what do we need really?

Family. That's the most important thing in mind, mothers, fathers, children, aunts, uncles, cousins... All those who make up the experience of being you. You don't have to like them, per se. But they do play a part in who you are, therefore are an integral part of the "I that I am".

Home. A safe house, a place to find safety and solace from the world. That place where traditions are made for generations to follow, and to follow traditions from generations past. Discussions around the dinner table, trying to help your child get through Algebra. Getting ready for First Holy Communion, then Confirmation, then the Sweet Sixteen Party and finally College. Home is an existential concept. A house is a building.

Friends. How we cherish that handful of people we call friends. Those with whom we trust our selves, that take us into their hearts warts and all, and we them. Who you can have a "frank" political discussion over too many glasses of wine in the evening and still get up the next morning and have a giggle.

Love. See above.

So, life provides many disappointments; that's true enough. But keep you're eye on the ball (see above) and I think you'll get what you need.

PS. I was going to add a decent living to this list, but I've been poor, and it's not about money; as La says "Love will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no Love."
Brilliant woman that La.

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