**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about. This months prompt is “change””**
I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, writing and rewriting it. It’s funny that the post itself has changed so much from what I originally intended it to be, considering what I am supposed to write about.
Today is Black Friday. In Canada, it’s not really as much of a “thing” as in the US, but considering a lot of our stores are American we inevitably end up “celebrating” (can you celebrate a shopping day?) and many of the crazy stories of black friday madness down South (and sometimes here) end up in the news that I read. I can’t help but feel simultaneously irritated and amused by the disparity between Black Friday and American Thanksgiving. I know that point has been made often, but every year as soon as the sales hit everyone seems to be selectively forgetful of it.
A few months ago, when frustrated with my postpartum shape and the fact that only about 1/4 of my wardrobe fit me properly, I went on a purging rampage and got rid of A LOT of things. I made a promise to myself that if I were to buy things, I would make sure that they were long term purchases, or basics that go with many things. We’ve since been trying to apply the idea of simplicity to other areas of our life (you may remember me blogging about technology a few months ago, and our goal of simplifying it) and let me tell you…it’s HARD to change years and years of habitual cultural excess. I tend to hold on to things (I have BINS of fabric because, well, I can make something with it!) and I have a tendency to want variety in things like my clothing, and seasonal decor. Plus, things like iPhones change practically every year and it’s easy to get sucked into that. I recently cleaned out a drawer that had product boxes in it that I had been holding on (because I can make something with them!) to and was embarrassed at how many iPhone boxes we have.
The thing is, we are a culture that loves change. I recently watched the new movie “Interstellar” and there was a quote from the grandfather that said something along the lines of “In my day, we had new product coming out every day. It was like Christmas, and everyone was trying to have it all.” Dave and I both chuckled because we knew that he was talking about our generation. Having things for a long time (or for longer than a year!) seems a little bit crazy (part of that is due to planned obsolescence but that’s a whole other can of worms that I won’t get in to). A few years ago someone I knew pointed out a way that Westerners speak in regards to things they want. She said that we often say things like “I really need a yellow cardigan” or “I need a new iPhone”. In reality you don’t *need* a yellow cardigan or a new iPhone; you *want* a yellow cardigan, and the new iPhone has cooler features than your current one and you *want* that. I started changing my language after that and it’s funny because in doing that you start realizing how spoiled we really are. Our homes are bursting at the seams with so much stuff that we have to rent storage lockers for whatever doesn’t fit. New homes are designed to be bigger with more and more storage.
The change that we need to be seeking is not a new wardrobe or the latest technology. The change that we need is for more simplicity. Our current rate of consumption is unsustainable. The future from Wall-E, or Idiocracy doesn’t seem too far off at this point…
“Change” is the November writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Erica of To the Sea. A few words from Erica — Hello! My name is Erica and I blog at To the Sea. I have a two-year-old daughter and 5-month old son. I went to school for Geography and travel is my passion. I’m also an attorney, but I’m currently staying at home to raise my kids. I love surfing and punk rock. I write about parenting, fitness, and life around the world. I love being a mommy and am stoked to be a part of the Mommy Blogger Collective! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.