Can You Live Without?

Things I used to think I couldn’t live without:

  • Hot running water
  • An occasional manicure
  • Stiletto heels, at least 3 inches preferably
  • A decently large wardrobe and shoe collection
  • An Internet connection in my home
  • A fast Internet connection
  • A car
  • Toasted everything bagels with herb cream cheese from a real New York deli
  • Access to an oven
  • Good Thai food
  • Good wine
  • Good coffee
  • Good cheese
  • Waffles
  • Reliable electricity
  • Reliable water
  • A book retailer to frequent

Things I now can’t live without

  • Super cheap fruit and vegetables
  • Strawberries in season all year round
  • Mosquito coils
  • Flipflops
  • A semi-functional Internet connection
  • $1 DVDs
  • Guatita
  • Being able to go to work in shorts, a tanktop, a bikini, and shoeless
  • Ocean sounds at night
  • Knowing all my neighbors
  • Knowing all the storekeepers enough to have a “tab”
  • Greeting and being greeted by people you walk past on the street
  • Any book.
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4 thoughts on “Can You Live Without?

  1. Every adventure should make us better and yours, it seems, has. It sounds as if you have learned quite a bit on your stay in Ecuador. I envy you your appreciation of the simple things.

    • Thank you! It’s easy to forget those things and fall into a routine. That’s one reason I love writing. It gives one a moment to stop and reflect.

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