I was thinking this morning about some of the stuff I do--and that I've recently been able to do more of--and how it could all change if my life circumstances change.
Most people, if they get married or partnered up or if they have kids, figure their lives will change. The late nights out, the impromptu trips, the impulse purchases all tend to diminish. (With me, that stuff diminished a while ago sans partner or kids, but you know what I mean.)
I'm not married or partnered, and I don't have kids. But I can see even the unglamorous stuff I do getting shunted aside if I was to get married or have kids, depending on the situation. Right now, the laundry I hang is my own. I have time to work in the garden because I don't have to take kids to sports or activities. I can eat whatever I want because I only have to take myself into consideration, not a spouse or partner. (I know some people who will. not. eat leftovers, no matter what you do with them.) I could see myself turning my TV back on if I had kids because frankly, SOMETIMES MOMMY HAS TO PEE AND YOU KIDS NEED TO SIT STILL FOR FIVE MINUTES SO I CAN DO SO. (I'm not a mother. But I have babysat and lemme tell you, the TV was a godsend when I needed to use the facilities.) As TB pointed out in the comments here, they use the dryer and don't line-dry. He likes the idea, but he's not the one who's doing the laundry. As Nicoleandmaggie pointed out, sometimes growing up with things a certain way turns you off to it. Growing up with line dried clothes doesn't always mean you want to continue that. Sometimes it means you love the convenience of the electric dryer.
You and your partner can start off with the best of intentions, but then reality hits you full in the face. People get tired. Sometimes you just want to get takeout because you do not have the spoons to even make a simple dinner. You use the dryer. Maybe you don't garden (as much) because you're pooped on the weekends or your taking the kids to games or activities.
I guess you can push certain things, but it can be exhausting if you are the only one willing to do them. Or if you're the one tasked with doing them. Or if continuing to eschew something just makes things a little too hard.
So, I'll put it to my readers who are or who have been coupled up, and who have kids: what changed when your circumstances changed? How did they change? What stayed the same? Were there things you wanted to do that your family was opposed to--and were you able to have them come around? For me, I'm just speculating, as it's just me and the cat. What changed for you?