I'm starting my post with a decision - tonight the TV has been moved. Out of the lounge room and into the garage. Yep. We are now a TV free household. I don't know for how long but the plan is for at least 6 months. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, I am a lazy person and can be a lazy parent. When I'm tired and cranky and the kidlets are also tired and cranky I have no willpower and will let them watch the box. It's used as a babysitter/distraction more often than I am happy with. Secondly, Izaak loves, and I mean *loves* TV and after our recent camping trip, during which he spent lots of time in his swimmers, I'm concerned that he will have a tendancy to put on weight really easily. He is a solid, chunky little man who could easily become a solid, pudgy, fatty little man so no-TV will mean getting out and about and getting active. He loved scootering and wants to ride a bike without training wheels so this will motivate us all to get out and about more and be more active. Thirdly, last night I had the TV on and was watching the cricket but had it muted and was listening on the radio. Obviously the TV coverage is slightly delayed (around 3 seconds maybe??) so I knew what was going to happen before it happened - does that make any sense? The TV is also going from my bedroom so there will be no temptation to stray....
In the past I've blogged about my stance on consumerism, popularity, frugal living and the like and in the past few weeks I've been contemplating our choices/lifestyle/decisions even more.
I think camping has been a big part of that - it really strips away the layers to the most basic 'things' - shelter, basic food, clean clothes sometimes - but the most amazing 'experiences'. We've seen wild wombats, rhino beetles were a favourite of Izaaks, meeting other people and families who have been on camping trips for months at a time, bike riding, swimming, watching rainbow lorikeets feeding, picnics, catching up with friends, playing at the park, waterfalls, gorges and just walking around simply taking in the world as it happens around us. It was gorgeous.
Then we got home.
So... where do I go from here? Do I stop seeing certain people because I feel so out of place? Do I change my views for an hour or two so that I can try to fit in? Do I try and see more of my 'alternative' friends where I still don't fit because there are some creature comforts/conveniences that I can't give up? Do you have conflicting views on subjects? How do you reconcile them? How do you fit in when things don't quite line up with your ideas/values?