All the Same

I dislike how standardized houses are. A boring, repeated house is better than no house, but still. The house I lived in in Ontario, our current house here, my boyfriend’s house, and two of my old friends’ houses all have the same floor plan (although one is mirror image) and similar, cheap fixtures. People are unique, as are families, but it’s easier to build the same house over and over than to mix-up the design. This house was designed to fit the needs of the average family so it would work for anyone who bought it, but no one is average. We have to fit ourselves to the house we can afford. I believe that extremes are important for contrast. If a builder puts a colourful sink (like this one) in a house instead of a boring white one, potential buyers might hate it. But there are others who would love it.

If you’ve ever read The Giver (or seen the recent movie adaptation), you might understand what I mean. Making everything the same might seem like a perfect solution, but ultimately, you need to have differences and extremes to fully experience life.

When I come across the question, “If you could live in any time period in history, which would you choose?” I always answer, “The present,” because of hot showers, freedom, and the ability to wear pants, have short hair, and be treated like an equal (most of the time). But often I wonder about life before everyone had running water. Families spent more time with each other, children learned skills, people spent more time outside, and if you wanted to talk to a friend you had to walk the km to their house. If a house burnt down the community would come together to help build a new one. Things were made as people needed them! You couldn’t go into a store and browse through dress after dress in every size, colour, and design. You had to have one made for you and it might’ve been your mum that did the sewing. It would fit you perfectly, you would get to pick the colours and pattern, and no one else would ever have the exact same one. I long for a life like that sometimes.

And that’s what I dream of for my house: it will fit me perfectly, I’ll get to make all the decisions, and no one else will ever have the exact same one.

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"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris
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