Sometimes, I experience a dose of common sense.
Like way back when I was seventeen years old and went with my older sister and her friends to a pub. Everyone in the group drank draft beer, so I did. I didn’t like it. I went another time with my sister and her friends, and again took a glass of the beer. Yuck! And then I thought to myself, “Why am I trying to acquire a taste for this? I don’t like it!” And that ended my drinking of beer.
Don’t you think that was common sense for a seventeen year old? There was no benefit in drinking this thing that I didn’t like, so I didn’t (even though everyone else did).
Then there’s the other day and the bagel. Actually, there have been several bagels since “that day” when I was overwhelmed with a dose of common sense. Let me explain.
Carbs have a bad name these days – a very bad name. So many people I know avoid them like the plague. Whether it’s the Paleo diet, or the Keto diet, or something else…anyone who wants to be healthy and slim avoids carbs.
Now here’s the confession: I am a 59-year-old mother of ten children, and I would love to be slimmer…like back in the day when I was 32 and had five children. Boy, was I slim back then! But at the moment, while I weigh a bunch more than I did then, I am nowhere near obese and I am in great physical shape. I realize that because so many people I know around my age, follow all kinds of these low-carb or carb-free diets, it has affected me. So while I have not given up carbs, I have been somewhat avoiding bread and the like.
Mind you, I have been thoroughly enjoying my usual breakfast of a small fruit bowl, followed by a big bowl of left over salad mixed with quinoa and feta cheese. But after an hour, I am quite hungry again.
Then last week, this dose of common sense overwhelmed me! I took a bagel, toasted it, slathered it with peanut butter, and I ate that carb thing! It was delicious! I felt so satisfied! I didn’t experience any hunger until it was lunch time.
And then I realized how much I had been influenced by friends, acquaintances, and strangers regarding the whole carb thing. Many cultures have their version of bread, whether it is pita, or roti, naan, or… that they have been eating forever. Why are we all avoiding it like the plague? (Actually, don’t answer. I have heard all the reasons. Really.)
And if carbs, gluten, lactose or whatever, makes you feel ill, don’t eat them. I actually have several family members that seriously must avoid these things for their health and well-being. But that’s not me. I can eat them with no ill affects. In fact, having discovered that half a multigrain bagel with peanut butter satisfied my hunger and prevented me from snacking the rest of the morning, that is often what I have for breakfast.
The point that I am trying to make is that we are very much influenced by those around us, and we need to use our common sense. To distinguish between band wagons that we may not want to jump on, peer pressure (often unintentional), and those things that we should follow.
In this social media age, the bandwagons spread so fast.
And it’s not about food. Whether it’s what is in fashion, or “cool;” whether it’s a social bandwagon or a political bandwagon, …we let ourselves get influenced without really thinking about things objectively, when sometimes we just need a dose of common sense.
I’m not sure how to break out of it, but meanwhile, …pass me a bagel. 🙂