We need room for art. I remember watching ‘The monuments men’ a few years ago and when the movie started I thought: ‘Is it REALLY that important to save art during a freaking WAR?’ I was such an idiot. Art is a historical record. When art disappears so does history. Events and people. Art is proof and reminder of minds moving freely. So we need it especially during oppressive times. Art is a shared experience and a people connector. Art gives a voice, opportunity and hope. Art creates emotions, ideas and more art. Art can make you speechless, laugh and cry and think and shrug your shoulders. Art inspires and creates movements. Art can heal. We need it. Oh how we need it.
🍁 The beauty of letting go.
• Took myself on a coffee date ( I say coffee, but I don’t actually drink coffee, it’s just quicker to say, but now that I’ve written this whole explanation I could have also just written hot chocolate and be done with?) • Did some people watching (which is a skill I need to perfect as to not look like a creep) • Listened to @theliturgists podcast (the perfect podcast for people who don’t know how to define their spiritual beliefs. I have a BA in theology, yet I feel like I am only at the beginning of a journey) • Admired the galaxies floating in my cup.
There is a lot of talk around fast fashion happening at the moment, it seems to me more than ever. It could also just be my perception? Especially since the BBC special a few weeks ago my IG feed is full of talk about slow fashion, buying less and saving the environment. A lot of people are saying how shocked they where about the impact of fashion on the planet and rightly so. Did you know that H&M burned 12 tonnes of clothes in 2017? Same goes for high end brands like Burberry. Not only are people and the planet being exploited and destroyed for the creation of our clothes - it even goes to waste by sending them up in flames instead of selling them. The @truecostmovie has been around since 2015 and it shows the effect of fashion on people, their exploitation, abuse and even death that individuals are subject to. The movie goes into a lot of detail and depth - yet somehow I feel like it didn’t get as much attention. Of course, this new wave of awareness is good. I am excited to see more people involved in the conversation, wanting to change their habits. I know that buying from ethical brands is more expensive and not everyone can afford that - but being sustainable is also about buying less or second hand as to not fuel the fast fashion machine. No matter what your ultimate motivation is for making a change, if it helps the greater good I am all for it, don’t get me wrong. Hopefully we are all doing the best we can. But all this excitement and all the captions talking about the environment is making me wonder: What about the people? Why is nobody talking about them? Is it easier to talk about hurting the environment than about hurting actual people? Is the one a bit more abstract and removed and the other a bit too intimate? Is it because it’s harder to admit we are hurting a person? I would love to hear what you think?
I love the light in my guestroom more than the light in my own bedroom. True story. 💫
Owning your life is hard. There are many layers to it and I’m finding it hard to show up to the life I want and take responsibility. Because it means change. And while it's not fun when you are in the middle of it, the process of getting somewhere is as important as getting there. So when I find it difficult and lonely and when I’m worried about the outcome I remind myself of this: ~ WHO you become on the way is as important, if not more important than what you do ~ how you respond to the pain will determine the person you become. ~ there is beauty in being broken, failed and cracked open. We need to see each other’s scars to have hope ~ It only looks like failure in the middle ~ Grace. Grace. Grace.