Signs of a changing perspective

20 Mar

I’m the world’s worst hypocrite when it comes to sustainable living. I love the idea, but I’m still very keen on ‘stuff’.

I have some friends who rib me about my expensive tastes. Whenever they see the most expensive option (in anything) they jokingly refer to it as being L’s one. Don’t make the mistake mind you of assuming that I have good taste – I’m the kind of person who will pick the Prada coat (I’m exaggerating) off the rack because it appeals to me, then pair it with equally expensive shoes that clash horribly.

But I have noticed that my perspective is slowly changing.

  • This afternoon I actually drove past McDonalds (while totally starving) without driving through for a $1 cheeseburger.
  • Tonight I watched commercial TV for the first time in ages. The commercials were really jarring and unpleasant  – I’d never noticed that before.
  • I’ve been enjoying using Freecycle to give away things that I will never use.
  • I haven’t been to Coles or Woolworths since November.
  • I’ve really been enjoying a few quiet weekends at home, without feeling the need to fill ’empty’ days with something, just for the sake of it.

Might be a ‘phase’ (I go through a lot of those), but I’m enjoying it.

5 Responses to “Signs of a changing perspective”

  1. Liz March 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Well done on all but the last one. Excellent work although if you keep all this up what are you going to include in your bogan posts? Incidently I see nothing wrong with the need to fill empty days with something, especially something that doesn’t involve bored children tearing strips off each other as they fight to prove who is the most bored…we go out a lot and I suspect I am saner for it…..having said that I do need to chill out too so perhaps you are right…

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      It’s funny, J is only just starting to clue into the concept of ‘the weekend’. She now asks how many sleeps until it comes. We used to spend quite a bit of tie at the shopping centre on weekends for various reasons (like groceries and low-effort food court lunches), but we haven’t for quite along time, and she’s forgotten about that as an option.

      This week she’s been making plans for the weekend that revolve around which lego models she will make with P. It’s actually really nice spending time with them in the yard and chatting, but they are still pretty little. Plenty of time yet for “we’re booorrredd!”.

  2. Kate March 21, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    A star performance I would say.

  3. Robyn March 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Ha! I’m sure that last one is mostly to do with the growing size of your tummy!

  4. maryhysong March 27, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    good for you passing up the fake food! I’ve only been eating out when hard pressed on a trip or something. When I went to the painter’s convention if Feb the salads were all so plain and tasteless compared to my homegrown ones I thought “Ok, so now I know why people put so much dressing on their salad!” I think change must come gradually, otherwise it doesn’t stick with us. My current effort is to stay out of the Walmart store and support other small companies instead, either local or online.

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