As we are waking up to what is another extension of this crazy period, on a saturday of what it would have otherwise been a holiday weekend, and we realise that, frankly, politicians have no idea how to 'slowly' get us back to normality I decided to try and see this situation in a different light.
We have plenty of bad news on the radio, plenty of alarmism and plenty of fakes..
So let's steer clear of the above and look, instead, at how this time can be used wisely
Now, I don't need to remind you of the fact that our current way of life is unsustainable.
And no, by current I don't just mean this lockdown, but I mean the past decades where we focused so much on economy and material goods, without caring for the planet.
We have been valuing things based on money, and on whether they would bring us more money, which in turn would make us better and bring us fame (why ?), This economy is just one based upon consumerism. And it turns out that we have consumed most of the planet resources and abused it. And now, we are stuck in this mess... I am one of those who believe the two things are linked, and i mentioned this already a couple of times (if you missed the previous episodes, check here or here or here)
So, to put this time to good use I would suggest that getting a good grip about our impacts and how to change our routines and lives towards a more sustainable one.
Here some suggestions:
1) Watch documentaries.
2) Realise about all of the things that you have NOT bought during this time. What you really need are just the essentials. This means food (and I hope you re-discovered your local suppliers and km-zero foods, instead of getting stuffed into filled supermarkets), something warm to wear, some water to wash and... that's it! I hope you learnt how to appreciate those minutes of breeze or the sun on your skin, or how wonderful it is to speak to people... This said! Time to embark in some minimalism - i.e. realise that when we'll be out we will not suddently need to buy into cheap fast fashion. I hope we will enjoy a nice meal with friends, or a night at the cinema/theatre and a nice hike up in the mountains and a swim in the sea with the feeling of sand under our feet. If you are interested in what minimalism is, take this time to listen to one of my favourite minimalism podcasts here.
3) Think about minimising your waste. You can do it right now! Why not learn about first steps on this free webinar or follow some pinterest boards ? Or check out some of the earlier posts with some suggestions.
4) in light of number 3) you can also use this time to learn how to get crafty with what you have. For example: get crafty cooking 'zero waste' food, or make a facemasks with those orange peels.. Or make some crafty fun with all those plastic bags you have accumulated over time (ideas on plastic dyi here)
SO, I hope to have given you some fun ideas and some food for thoughts to keep you entertained while educated over the next 'however many more weeks' of forced stay at home time...
Let's try and make the most of this so that we can restart more mindfully...
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