The conscious part started for me as I came to the end of uni and thought about what my adult life would look like. It’s easy to slide into doing exactly what is expected and usual with no consideration of why. One of the main things I decided was I really didn’t want to own a car. So my current flat is within walking distance of a train station, bus station, the high street, a beautiful park and most other things I want on a day-to-day basis. Which is great.
But the more I read about green/simple/minimalist/blah blah blah living, the further my current life seems from ideal and it makes me feel guilty. Which contradicts some of my hopes for living more simply.
Being aware of failings is good in that it pushes us to improve but for me it’s hard to find the balance between motivated and beating myself up.