That's me, I'm a free-thinking freak, lol! I was just thinking after my last post about how some people will think I'm a nutjob because I question the medical establishment. Well so be it. They can think what they like. I'm just not one to just believe things without reading up on it myself. Particularly something that can so incredibly affect mine and my little ones' health. Actually, I don't get how anyone could just trust and not read up on things too. Not when you're talking about your children. I can't and won't blindly trust when it comes to my children. I research. And I've found out a lot of interesting and scary info about what the medical community and our culture in general is pushing on us and our children. I don't just trust, no way. I don't believe the medical community to be evil, not at all! They do a lot of good as well. But they have a different goal than me. They are interested in the common good, I am only interested in MY children. They are willing to take the risk of a small percentage of children in the interest of the good of the population. I'm NOT willing to risk MY children! So I research. I don't understand how anyone could NOT research what is being injected or given to their children. I don't get it. But everyone is different. And so, as I tell Maeven all the time...they get to make the decisions regarding their children, even if I disagree with them...and WE get to make the decisions regarding OUR children. That's only fair. I don't want anyone telling me how I should parent my children, as I'm sure they don't want anyone telling them how to parent theirs. That's fair. Actually, it sure would be nice to be in the dark about all the dangers of the vaccines and medications and other things that are pushed on us to give our children...it sure would be easier to be ignorant of it all. But I'm not one to just blindly trust. I have to know what's going on. And I don't regret it. I am glad to be an educated mama.
So, yes, I'm a free-thinking freak. I think for myself. I question, I research, I learn. And I'm tired of people looking at questioning the establishment as freakish behavior. Why in the world is being a follower, rarely questioning the establishment the better way to go? I don't get it. But hey, to each his own.
Oh, I love this quote...Dayna Martin, radical unschooler and recent Dr. Phil guest...and recent guest speaker at one of my Mothering Magazine sponsored chats and a new friend of mine....said this on the Dr. Phil show:
"We’re not raising worker bees here; we’re raising free-thinking entrepreneurs. My unschooled child will hire your honor student."
I LOVE that quote!! That's so true for me. I am not raising my children to just blindly follow, but to be free-thinkers. On the flip side, I don't believe in questioning anything and everything just to question...and I don't believe in paranoid living on conspiracy theory all the time either. But I want my children to be free-thinking "freaks" as well! LOL!
The worker bee part of that makes me think of Robert Kiyosaki. I saw him on PBS awhile back and really enjoyed his special and went out and got his Rich Dad Poor Dad book from the library and read it and it made a lot of sense. He talks about how if you want to be rich you have to change your thinking. That the whole mentality of "go to school, get a good education, graduate, get a good job, work really hard" will only keep you poor. You can't be a "worker bee" and be rich. Makes sense. Its the entrepreneurs that are the ones that are truly rich. But that doesn't mean they don't work hard. And I certainly do not want my children to ever think that life should be easy and they shouldn't have to work for things. Of course they do. I think there is GREAT value in being willing and able to work hard. And I certainly don't want to be putting down hard working worker bees...the world certainly needs them. I just want more for myself and my children. But I DON'T want my children to feel that you have to work your butt off at something that you absolutely hate in order to get ahead in life. I don't think there's any reason why you can't work your butt off at something you LOVE. Perhaps there might be short phases of life that you have to do things you hate just to stay afloat and get where you want to be...but I don't want my kids to ever feel like they are stuck anywhere. They always have options. You do what ya gotta do to get to where you want to be. Work hard, yes, but not doing things you hate forever. Just as a step to the next thing. Free-thinking doesn't, to me, me that you think everything should be easy and you question anything and everything. There's more intelligence to it than that.
Anyway, I AM a Free-Thinking Freak. Always thinking, always looking for new ways to bring joy and MONEY to our lives, LOL! Someday I will find something that will REALLY set us up financially and I will enjoy at the same time.