Bursting My Bubble
I recently became a father again. This never ceases to amaze me. Besides the pure magical aspect of growing another human being, I am constantly amazed at how much time, energy and stuff such a small being demands. I am also amazed by the ability of these small, defenseless creatures to completely change how you view the world around you and how you prioritize how you want to spend your short time living within it.
For instance, I have recently come to realize that I live in a bubble. A bubble of my own making that defines my views, values and understanding of the world, and that insulates me from alternative bubbles of reality. My bubble is decidedly left-wing, eco-conscious and middle class. My bubble knows about the rest of the world, but no longer experiences the rest of the world so much. My bubble keeps me safe and comfortable, if a little less interesting.
Having a new baby hasn’t changed my bubble so much (that happened with the first baby), but it has made me notice the other bubbles around me. The bubbles of other parents. The bubbles of relatives. And the fascinating proto-bubbles of small children.
In thinking about Canada’s World, I realize that we are trying to break through people’s bubbles in an attempt to stretch them a little further afield. As I realize how entrenched I am in my own version of reality, I am beginning to understand just how difficult it is to break free from our comfort zones. If I can’t relate to the worlds of the suburban moms or urban upper class that I occasionally bump into, I should be more understanding when they can’t grasp my perspective on reality. The moments of clarity will come, but patience and energy is required to sustain them.
Alas, when you have small children both of these commodities are at a premium. This will therefore be my last post for Canada’s World as I focus on helping my children build their own bubbles. I will continue to connect with the world through the choices I make whenever I buy, read, listen, watch, promote, or vote for something, but I will leave the blogging to others.
Thanks to all of you who have read and commented on my posts!