Close Minded People

I have a confession… I used to be a close minded person.

Yup. Me.

Phrases like “I won’t get too bulky”, “What a hippie (insert distaste)” and “Yea sure you can change the world or your situation with positive thinking (not sarcasm)” came out of my mouth… multiple times.

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Looking back on it now I am utterly ashamed that I was not more open to possibilities. But I suppose that’s what you get from a twenty two year old.

Now-a-days, people who have known since those early days me say I’ve done a complete flip. I’m one of those people. You know, the ones who take everything just a bit too far.

And truth be told, I don’t mind that people think of me this way. Or that I used to be like them either.

If you would rather reach for Tylenol instead of an essential oil, that’s fine. If you prefer to take multiple medications instead of targeting the problem via nutrition, that’s okay too. Or, if you prefer to simply give in to the saying “It’s always hurt” instead of solving the problem and not treating the symptom, it’s your call. After all, it’s your body.

What I do wish from people, myself included back in day, was that they at least open their minds to the possibility that there may be more than one answer. Or simply another way of doing things.

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Does it matter to you that I eat a mostly plant based diet and at least one vegetarian meal each week because I believe it improves my health? It shouldn’t. So why scoff when you learn I do so?

Is it relevant to your life that I believe sugar causes cancer and so I limit my intake, including at family gatherings?

How does it affect your life if I chose to cook with different ingredients than you do? It doesn’t.

And yet, because we’re different than the norm, we’re viewed as hippies, crazies, eccentric or obsessive people.

Which normally is alright by my. But you’d be surprised how much your life can change when you begin to entertain or accept the idea that there are different ways of doing things. Just because you grew up doing things a certain way doesn’t mean it is the only way.

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You don’t have to love the things I love or believe the things I do, that’s okay. But just because you don’t understand them, doesn’t mean my quality of life is inferior to yours.

So instead of opening your mouth try opening your mind next time. You’d be amazed at where it can lead you.