Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Choice is good.
Having choices helps to alleviate monotony.
It allows for discovery, allows personality and preference to shine through.
Sometimes, though, choices lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed.
I mean, think about it!
Rice used to be rice.
Maybe you could choose between Minute Rice, Uncle Ben's converted, or long grain.
You could walk on the wild side with a little wild rice.
Then jasmine rice came about. It was interesting and quite delicious. You felt adventurous just making some to serve alongside your dinner.
Then the guilt of eating white rice-- NO! You should eat brown. White rice is Baaaaaaad.
Now dear God there are a million kinds of rice- jasmine, purple, BLACK!! Even the types of jasmine rice has become confusing.
Meanwhile, you are faced with bulgur, barley, quinoa, cous cous, farro and a million other types of grains.
Do you want regular barley or pearl barley? Whole wheat, brown?
It's fun and exciting to try new things but change is coming faster than my little brain can comprehend.
I realized this was true when someone on Facebook posted a link that is a Guide to Choosing Lightbulbs.
And I clicked on it.
Because I need to know what the different types of lightbulbs ARE and when to use them.
CFL? LED? Halogen?
Not to mention you have to DISPOSE of them properly.
I wonder if this is a sign of aging, being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and new information.
Back "in the day" information dribbled in slowly. Change happened in one part of the country and slowly, casually (insidiously?) made its way across the nation.
Now, surely helped by the internet and the world literally being at our fingertips, new things from around the world simply appear seemingly overnight.
Does anyone else sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the choices available to you?