How I Long for a Return to Simpler Times

Life, and I mean shopping, has become so complicated.  If you have purchased a phone or computer lately, you know that.

But technology aside, shopping for everything has become so complicated.  I went to buy shampoo this week. You can’t find at bottle that simply says  “shampoo”, it is fine hair, colored hair, dry ends, damaged hair, sulphate-free, phosphate-free, normal to fine hair, normal to thick hair, moisture therapy and deep therapy.  Since when did hair need therapy?

Try strolling down the cereal aisle, the place where 5-10 cereals used to be.  Well, there is more than 5 kinds of Cheerios alone. Boxes dawn slogans like “fat free”, “whole grains”, ” high fibre”, “gluten free”, “sugar free”, “all natural” and on and on.

Same complicated story for peanut butter, bread, canned tomatoes and milk.  I can’t tell you the amount of times I have arrived home with a product that was not what intended to buy.

Then one must consider environmental issues, we need to check if the product is made from recycled materials, is recyclable, harmful to the environment or people.  Is it made by children in developing countries and what carbon footprint does it leave?

When did life get so complicated?  It is no wonder I HATE shopping, it is too darned complicated.  I pine for the days of simplicity, a time when I could go shopping in 10 minutes and didn’t have to pull out my glasses to read all the labels.

How about you?  Are you thankful for all the choices, or do you long for the days when things were not so complicated?

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