Each and every person has his or her own comforts. Sure, we all need food, water, shelter and a little bit of love, but what else is it that keeps us alive or keeps us just from being bored?
It's the quintessential question: "What would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?"
We asked some Top of Utah teens what they feel they cannot live without, and their answers -- and the reasons behind them -- may surprise you.
Family and friends are, to many teenagers, the greatest part of life, so they would need to be on that far-away island.
"I'd want my family, because they're who I rely on, (especially) my mom," said Peyton Davis, a sophomore at Ogden High. "She makes me laugh and would keep me alive by cooking and cleaning."
Kaylee Mumford, a Fremont junior, agrees, explaining, "I can't live without my friends and my family. They are the things in my life that keep me going and I don't (know) what I would do without them."
For Tori Runchel, who is a Bear River High junior, the one person she would want would be her best friend.
"He's a crazy cat and we would be able to survive," she says.
A Bear River senior, Landon Fulgham, offers a different perspective.
"I wouldn't want to take anyone with me," he said. "I could take care of things by myself, plus I wouldn't want to endanger anyone else."
Technology - some hail it as the best thing ever invented, and lots of parents already say teens live through their phones. So it's no surprise this gadget ranks as something teens cannot be separated from.
"My iPhone is everything I need in one device; I use it for homework, fun and my job," said Runchel.
Fulgham agrees, saying he uses his iPad for everything, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Sophomore McKinley Lawrence from Ogden High says, "I wouldn't be able to live without my cell phone - I use it for everything! I text my parents and my friends and it helps keep me updated on my life."
To Codi Nelson, her phone is even more essential.
"It's how I make plans with people. Without her, I would cry," the Fremont High junior says.
Food is a necessity, of course, but then there are items that we enjoy more than others and think we cannot live without, such as the ever-popular ice cream.
"It's freaking delicious! The first day I tried it was the best day of my life!" Mumford said.
Lawrence adds, "It's the most delectable food in the world."
Davis has a more sensible option, choosing cereal for the island, because, "I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days."
Other favorites of Top of Utah teens include homemade macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and pasta.
Living on a desert island would be boring, even with family and friends, technology, and food. What else would you want with you to make things more interesting?
Davis says that other than her family, "I wouldn't be able to live without music and books."
Nelson loves books, too, explaining, "I just love getting lost in a story."
Music, oxygen and deodorant are all other choices suggested by Top of Utah teenagers.
However, some might say the best things are the ones found here at home, as explained best by Runchel.
"The three things I can't live without with are my mom, because she gave birth to me so I owe her a lot and love her; my job, because it teaches me responsibility and I'm with my friends; and my education, because I love to learn and it will help me be successful in life," she said.
Minna Wang is a senior at NUAMES. When she has spare time she likes to read, write and listen to music. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.