Get a life everyone!
Who’s read Vivenne Westwood’s book? This is not sponsored, her book is genuinely fantastic.
When I started reading it, I thought – this lady is a madwomen. She’s crazy. And I loved it! That’s the best kind of book. One that exposes you to a point of view you had previously never considered.
Vivienne makes the point that today people are disengaging with society, and in order to get a life, literally and physically, we need to engage again. Get a life – Go! Do! Create! Participate! Leave your bubble, care about something larger than ourselves, actively be alive. Talk to new people, find new ideas, take ACTION! As an activist for global warming, as well as freedom of speech and access to information, Vivenne wants you to stand up, engage and save the planet. “What’s good for the planet is good for us is good for the economy” is one of Vivienne favourite self-made mantras. Exploitation of the planet and its resources is as much a social problem as it is environmental, you just have to look the unrest in Europe and the America’s. Brexit, Le pen, Trump – understandably people are angry. Consumerism and capitalism are not delivering what they promised, or maybe they are – were we paying attention when we clicked that agree to terms and conditions button?
I’m guilty myself of being switched off, unengaged and in my own bubble. I want to change, and unsurprisingly the happiest times of my life are when I felt a part of something. When I showed up, contributed and collaborated.
So yesterday I dared greatly (another book reference – Brené Brown, Daring Greatly for some inspiration on how to feel the fear and do it anyway) and went to a discussion panel on Climate Change in the Pacific #divestment curated by Fossilfree UOA (University of Auckland). Baby steps people. The turn out wasn’t great, but I don’t know if this is normal because I’ve never attended one before! Clicking ‘going’ on Facebook is not enough.
Anyway, thats basically all this is about. I hope to keep going to things like this, keep asking questions and to build my involvement from here.
I hope you all will too, whatever you are passionate about, go, show up and collaborate. We need you.