Stick it to the status-quo.
October 6, 2010 § 8 Comments
Whilst away, i’ve been pondering with forehead furrowed on the topic of being different. Being that troublesome customer who modifies a set-menu item until all that is left is a bean shoot and some parsley for garnish (I’ll have the vegetarian pizza, minus the mozzarella, minus the fetta, minus the gluten…). Being the girl who produces a tahini-coated banana and herbal tea in the face of a social coffee date. Having all eyes on you as you gulp and attempt to answer the ‘But, where do you get your proooooo-teeeeeeeeein from?’ question that usually makes it’s clichéd debut approximately 30 seconds after divulging your plant-loving ways.
Even simply making the choice to modify your lifestyle habits for the better often inspires some kind of external commentary, unwanted curiosity, scorn.
How many times have you made the decision to avoid refined sugar, processed foods or take away, only to come undone as your colleagues, friends & family ply you with baked goods, ask infinite & awkward questions as to your new ‘diet’ or make hurtful remarks at your expense?
More times than you can count, I’m sure.
Why is it that taking responsibility and owning your health often elicits such a negative, hostile response? And why is it so hard to exit the status quo?
(I feel like Carrie from Sex and the City…)
Away from my absurdly stocked pantry and organic fridge oasis, I’ll admit it’s hard to maintain my own status quo. Spinach smoothies, spirulina shots and raw cacao treats take a backseat to simpler, more accessible foods appropriate to where I find myself. Unfortunately it is difficult to eat this way because it is simply not the norm. It is abnormal to eat for nutrition, vitality and life and doing so is a constant struggle.
I sometimes think, perhaps it would be easier to give all this up? To loosen my clingy, needy grip on superfoods, return to buying goods filled with chemicals & preservatives, forget about what is at stake when I perpetuate the sale of unethical, mass-produced products…
But that would be ignorance. Active forgetting. Blatant denial.
The truth is, once you know what is best for your body, your wellbeing, your planet, how can you look the other way?
By no means do you have to be a perfect specimen of moral rigidity however you can strive to make choices that are less impactful & more healthful.
I for one am embracing my aura of freak. I care about my health, say what you will!
I’ve realised that there is only one person who takes responsibility for my life. Me (and sometimes my mum. Hi ma!) Not the government. Not the health foundation. Not the hospital. And most certainly not the people working in advertisement, who ultimately dictate the scope of the terms ‘usual’ and ‘unusual’.
Perhaps in 20 years time, people will have discovered that it is NOT healthful to eat pre-packaged frozen dinners despite their glowing heart-foundation tick, in the same way we would cringe at the thought of inhaling a big cloud of asbestos fibres today. Smoking was once an accepted social norm (hello, Mad Men) but today we acknowledge the horrific magnitude of it’s disease fostering and destruction.
I for one, prefer to take a pre-emptive approach. It may be weird, it could be confronting, but no one controls this wild, hellbent health-freak. I’m going to have my algae and eat it too!
Do you find it hard to live the life you want due to social pressures? Is it different with an uncompromising partner? Has the fear of ‘being different’ stopped you from achieving your goals?