I read a blog post this afternoon from Mary the Paleo Chef. She’s awesome by the way. Go check her out if you haven’t yet.
Of course this got me thinking. Yes, most things get me thinking. Being that I am a paleo blogger and I am fairly new on the scene I do try to be careful as to not offend anyone and represent the paleo community appropriately. I love love love and respect the paleo lifestyle and I do think it’s important to be clear about what being paleo means and what it doesn’t mean. At the same time, I want to adequately express my own thoughts, beliefs and feelings, and share my life and experiences. Talk about a delicate balance. And unfortunately it’s one that usually teeters the wrong way because there will always be at least one person that doesn’t agree and sees things differently. Have you noticed that the harder one tries to be all-inclusive, the more it seems to backfire? I’ve already had a few bombs explode (people who, let’s just say, don’t quite get me). That’s ok, it means people are paying attention and reading my stuff so bring on those explosions!
The reality is, my writing is an outlet for me to express me. Yes, it’s all about me! You’s gots problems with this? My last post was one of these bombs I mentioned.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand, paleo and those police-y types. Listen up. No one is perfect, and no one should feel pressured to be. What I love most about the paleo (and primal) lifestyle is that there is no one size fits all approach. It’s about what works for you. It’s about a lifestyle, something you can follow for a lifetime.
There are two kinds of people (the way they think and view things), and I was reminded of this when I was reading the Paleo Chef’s post. One sees black and white. The other, shades of grey. I think this can be applied here. Here are a few links to some information on these different… let’s call them view points.
I am a shades of grey person. Meaning there are many variations to anything or any situation that I can see and understand. On the other hand, folks that are black and white don’t see any variation, no middle ground. Shades of grey equals maybe and various options. Black and white equal yes or no. I don’t think there is anything wrong with either of these ways of thinking, as long as neither imposes their own on others. Be fair to each other and respect each other. Remember that as strongly as you may feel about something, someone may feel equally as strong in opposition of your beliefs. That doesn’t make anyone wrong. It makes us individuals, and that’s a good thing! Everyone should feel free to express themselves without the fear of others taking it personally, and without the fear of offending the paleo, and let’s be honest, the life police.