Mindset is described as "the established set of attitudes held by someone" or a similar statement witnessed here such as "having a fixed mental attitude".
Having a fixed mental attitude is not something I wholeheartedly concur with. I firmly believe that despite what our 'normal' mindset may or may not be, it is not 100% fixed. The process of life must surely have a bearing on your mindset, especially as we age and hopefully mature in our thinking processes. If it were not so, why would we 'change our minds' or have our minds become unwell?
Anyway, I am not particularly wanting to start a discussion of mental well-being, but more on my thought processes and what effect they might have on me and mine throughout any given day with regard to our life style.
For about 1/2 an hour or so, I was humming away whilst working out our menu for the next fortnight so I could get our shopping decided for this week. It struck me as I was doing so, that it was not considered a chore.
The thought hit me out of the blue and made me think, why? Why don't I consider it a chore? As I drifted off internally, discussing it with myself (like you do), I realised I was actually enjoying creating a meal plan (I know, little things please little minds and all that jazz), that it was a challenge and I like a challenge.
Creating a meal plan is a relatively new concept to me in recent years. When on War Rations for 'survival' purposes, I had to think really hard to create meals from quite small proportions of certain food items, but didn't use a meal plan. I simply bought what we were allowed and could afford and worked from there. That was a challenge and I relished it and succeeded at it for the most part.
Unlike some of my blogging friends, who still have this challenge for an unknown number of years to come, I knew at that time, I only had to do it for a set number of years, 6 to be precise, before DB got his Government pension and we would be 'better off'. I had to alter my mindset and then that of DB and DS although he was at an age where he complied quite happily as long as he had food to fill his little hollow legs.
If I thought of menu planning as a chore (and we happily swap daily meals around if we don't fancy what is planned for that day), I simply wouldn't do it. Our food and toiletries bill before menu planning was around the £160 per month mark for us two. To begin with, we ate for a couple or three weeks on just £20 per week for both of us to get us into the swing of things.
Then we increased it to £30 per week - give or take - and since then, we usually don't go over the £120. Our meat consumptions is still that of the war years, often less. We do eat dairy products and produce almost 100% of our meals from scratch.
I read quite a few blog's that I don't follow or read often, most of whom want to reduce their overall spending for various reasons, don't know where to start and often, are simply not willing to 'have to go without' to reduce. Do they really want to do it? is my first question.
I was expecting to get my pension at 60 but have now found out it will be several years later than this. To add insult to injury, I was fully paid up in my national insurance contributions but it seems I now have to pay another 5 years worth if I want to receive my whole pension when the time comes!
You see, life just gets in the way sometimes. I could say, "sod it, I'm not doing it" but that attitude would deprive me of £88 per month extra income. We thought getting my pension at 60 would financially, be the be all and end all! We are not desperate, nor as hard up as we were when eating rations, but our mindsets have had to change over the years, they will change again.
Anyhow, if menu planning saves us £40 every month, such a saving, amongst many others we instigate on a daily and sometimes extra ones on an 'as needed basis', puts us well on the way towards paying the extra 5 years worth of national insurance contributions.
Has your mindset changed in recent years?