Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”? This isn’t a post about healthy living or diets, but rather the concept of a “lifestyle” and how we use this idea in many aspects of blogging and our lives.
I got to thinking one day in the shower (things always come to you in the shower, don’t they?) that we attribute the word “lifestyle” to so many things. For many of us bloggers, we call ourselves “lifestyle” bloggers – where we blog about anything from food to healthy living, inspiration, creativity, travel, everyday life, etc. I sometimes refer to my blog as a creative lifestyle blog, for example, because I view by blog as a community where creatives can come together to share life, ideas and inspiration in many different forms.
Other examples include living a college lifestyle, a vegan lifestyle, a minimalist lifestyle, green lifestyle, Christian lifestyle, post-grad lifestyle, etc. You could be a business owner, a project manager, an artist, a creative, a traveler, a runner, an athlete or extreme adventurer.
Personally, over the past couple years, I’ve experimented with a minimalist lifestyle, a vegan lifestyle (which I LOVE and wholeheartedly believe in), and different creative lifestyles (sometimes focused on journaling or blogging or other things like design or art).
All of these lifestyles can attach to our identities.
But can too many “lifestyles” harm us and our direction in life?
I question this as I realize the term “lifestyle” is growing so popular.
Does there become a point where we are living too many lifestyles? Can we attach too many things to our identity that don’t really matter? That don’t really define who we are?
In today’s age, marketing and communications (even under the purest intentions) can create “lifestyles” out of nearly anything. In fact, that seems to be a goal of marketing a product – connecting it to something beyond the tangible item itself. For example, marketing an exotic passionfruit juice as a vital ingredient to living a nomadic, super adventurous travel writer’s life connects items to a lifestyle certain people may want to live. This creates stories, values, and feelings that people can go out and “buy.”
It’s almost as if we have a closet full of “lifestyles” we can choose from everyday. We can choose to be anything we want to be.
In many cases, that can be a good thing. I’m all about leaving options open! But what exactly is a lifestyle and how exactly are we choosing to live?
What Does a “Lifestyle” Mean?
A lifestyle is expressed in both the work, behavior, leisure and social patterns we do – it’s a combination of what we repeatedly do. It affects how we see ourselves and our identity.
Lifestyles combine motives, needs, wants, feelings. Our lifestyle relates to our sense of happiness and peace.
Overall, a lifestyle is about the big picture, the accumulation of small details of our daily lives.