What makes something essential? Yes, this thought is related to recent healthcare concerns and conversation, but I’m not asking what should be included in essential healthcare. I want to know what goes into determining if something is essential or not.

For me the easy things to start with are those that are necessary to maintain my life, like food and water. Beyond that it gets a little tricky. Part of me would like to add things that maintain my lifestyle or improve my life, but I’m not sure those should make the cut.

I’ll stop there for now, but let me know your thoughts.