We are a society that loves our labels, aren’t we? We can say, ‘Oh he’s a Republican’ or a ‘Vegetarian’ or a ‘Minimalist’ and for the most part, we know what that means. And within those categories we can add sub-categories to further refine our labels. And on and on until we almost get a clear picture of who someone is.
Which can make it a bit scary to enter into the contemplation of any particular group. Along with the labels come assumptions and expected behaviours. If I eat less meat, will I have to go on protests? If I clean out my sock drawer, will I have to then give up my car?
Let’s face it, labels are only shorthand and just as shorthand can never be literature with all its subtlety and nuance, labels can never substitute for the rich entirety of an actual living person. So the only label that I tend to give myself is my name. This leaves me a little more free to look around at what’s on offer from the various lifestyles out there. I call it the Pick ‘n’ Mix approach. You used to (and possibly still can) be able to buy candy by choosing three of these and twelve of those and leaving those yukky-tasting things you hate for someone else. I suggest the same approach to the rest of life.
I read a lot of minimalist blogs. They’ve got a lot of great ideas that I can use. But some of them are pretty hard core and more suited to single people. I’ve got a husband, a house and a back that needs understanding. So I leave the ideas that would conflict with those realities alone.
Location Independence? Love the concept. And a lot of the ideas make my life easier, even though I have no desire to travel endlessly.
I read a lot of business blogs, too. They’ve got great ideas that can apply to an online business, be transferred to a brick-and-mortar endeavour or just applied to your household budget, whether or not you ever intend to go the entrepreneurial route.
So don’t limit yourself in your explorations. You really don’t know when an article for, say, packing for an around the world trip will be the spark you need to make your kitchen more organized and easier to use.
What’s the most unexpected place you’ve found an idea you could use?
Today’s Photo: The Huron Street Bridge