First Weekend – milk flavouring/wider perspectives

Deciding what to drop and what to add this weekend has been challenging, because it’s the first weekend of my lifestyle experiment.

This weekend, I’m going to drop milk flavourings.

In an effort to drink milk, I usually tempt myself by adding chocolate topping to it, or have a milky hot chocolate. (Mmmm….chocolate…) Calcium equals good, but chocolate flavourings equals baaad. So, this weekend, I’m going to drink plain milk. It’ll make me all pure like an angel.

In the end, I realised that what to add was actually quite simple. It was after watching some TED talks that I came up with the idea of drop one, add one. Today I was particularly struck by a talk by Eli Pariser called Beware online “filter bubbles”. This highlighted for me how much I like to surround myself with information and ideas that are comfortable for me. They may sometimes be serious issues, but they are issues that I feel interest in and therefore am comfortable exploring. My own little bubble with all the challenging stuff filtered out. I tend to find a lot of the news distressing and don’t read the newspaper because a lot of it is boring. (And I’m aware that I look down my nose at the audiences the media tries to pander to by showing “news” items about celebrities and weightloss and so forth and I realise the irony of realising that I’m more likely to click on a link about Kate Hudson than about fair trade.)

This weekend, I will add wider and challenging perspectives to my life. I will read the newspaper and I will read online about topics and issues that I have not previously taken much interest in or felt comfortable exploring.

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About Zaiene

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life I am inspired by so many different ideals of how to live a happy, fulfilled and productive life but struggle to get around to it. Large scale changes are intimidating and difficult to sustain, so this is my bite-sized life experiment. Each week*, I will find one thing in my life to drop and one thing to add. I will try to drop things that have a negative, unhealthy or over-absorbing effect on my life. I will try to add things that will have a positive, healthy, empowering or useful effect on my life. The experiment is to see whether I can cope with these changes and whether they really do improve my life. *(I began it as each weekend, as a less intimidating challenge. After about ten months, I felt that I wanted whole-week - well, Monday-to-Friday - challenges.)
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