Living our own Lives is Living Large
The other day, Debra Jordon made a comment on the Reducing Stress post on Living Large. Debra lives in a 320-square foot cabin with her husband and son (and I’m assuming at least one cat, since it is in the video).
Debra shot a video of her home for Fair Companies and the video went viral on YouTube, generating over 1.1 million hits at last count.
When Debra posted on Living Large, she was concerned about the plethora of negative comments at YouTube.
I had written about this type of reaction from people early on Living Large. I think what Debra and her family are experiencing is a combination of the phenomena of people feeling the need to judge other’s lifestyle and cyber bullying.
I wrote in that previous post that Dale and I have never had what is considered the “norm,” no 2.5 kids,” in other words (we do have 2 exchange daughters who lived with us for a year each and we all consider ourselves family).
When we decided not to have biological children for a variety of good reasons in our minds, we were accosted from all directions, friends and family alike felt the need to let us know what they thought of our decision.
Back in the 1980s, when we made this decision, there were even Jerry Springer-type talk shows devoted to the subject with the child bearing going after the Childless by Choice.
The feeling I got from most people was that they felt our decision not to have children was somehow a judgment on their own lives, when nothing could be further from the truth.
I think people who live in small houses face the same attitude sometimes, especially when we talk about the smaller environmental impact living smaller has.
We made our choice, as did Debra and her family, for her family, not to make a statement about anyone else’s choices.
Combine making an “alternative lifestyle” choice with the Internet and you have a situation ripe for cyber bullying.
I understand Debra’s concerns, particularly for her teen son and family, so if you have a minute, hop over to the video, check it out and make a comment that yes, it is indeed possible for some people to live small and find that they are really Living Large!
Have you ever been the victim of judgment because of your life’s choices or of cyber bullying from a blog post or video you posted?