We have been having a really fun conversation today at work fueled from an article about McDonald’s. The thing is I love McDonald’s. I love their fries. I love their cheeseburgers. I love their Big Macs. I love the smell when I walk in. I love that I get to use their bathroom after a hike instead of one last pee in the woods. I eat McDonald’s every year on either New Year’s Eve or New Years Day. And I am not ashamed.
We live in a world today where we are told we have to feel guilty about what goes into our mouths or how we treat the environment. We are looked down upon if we admit we like a certain type of food that isn’t good for us. We know that it isn’t good for us but we eat it because we enjoy it. We don’t need other people looking down on us because of it.
We live in a world where people judge us if we throw away a Diet Coke can in the trash once in a while or if we print a bunch of paper at work. I mean sometimes I just need to see something printed and I need something to hold in my hand.
We live in a world where people give us the stink eye if we carry a plastic water bottle instead of a reusable one on our bikes. We are judged if we drive our cars one mile to the store rather than on our bike.
Well let it be known that I don’t want to be judged anymore and neither should you. I don’t hate myself. I don’t hate the environment. I don’t want California to fall into the ocean. I don’t want New Orleans to fall into the ocean (although it wouldn’t be the absolute worst thing in the world). I don’t want animals to get hurt or die because I want to wear cheap eyeliner. I buy reusable bags and put them in my car and sometimes I even remember to bring them in. And if I get plastic bags, I do reuse them again for kitty litter or to put scraps of food in because we don’t have a garbage disposal.* As a matter of fact I have probably 100 under my sink right now. (See you just judged me didn’t you.)
It’s okay to want something that might not be what other people want or need. It’s okay to not always buy the best and most healthy thing for you. It’s okay if you can’t always afford to get the best diapers for your kids or if you can only find non organic applesauce once in a while for them.
Everything in moderation in life. Everything in 80/20. We won’t destroy the world or ourselves if we sometimes do things that make us happy or make things easier for us. It’s when we never take the time to learn other ways that we run into problems. I have places and foods I won’t eat because of my own personal reasons. I won’t go to Hobby Lobby or eat duck.
The guilt can stop here!
No more do you have to call them guilty pleasures. I don’t feel guilty for everything I do that isn’t the best for me. I work out. I take supplements. I drink water. I don’t smoke. I don’t really even drink that much. I don’t do drugs. So there is no reason I should feel guilty when I get that small or medium size ice cream cone. I don’t want to feel guilty when I eat Frosted Mini Wheats or when I can’t be bothered to walk five minutes to find the recycle bin rather than the trash can.
Below is a list of things that are my Not Guilty pleasures. Think about yours. I know you have them.
- Frosted Mini Wheats
- Ice cream that isn’t soy milk based
- Skippy peanut butter (see previous blog)
- Cover Girl eyeliner
- Old Navy clothes
- Market Basket
- Saying I want jimmies on my ice cream (the word jimmies)
- Keeping a light on for Fred in the kitchen
What are yours?
*We need a garbage disposal stat. Its 2015 and I don’t want to pick soggy bread and cucumber peels out of the sink anymore.