An eco, sustainable and holistic lifestyle cannot be achieved simply by doing the right things inside of our homes, thinking that we are great for doing so yet forgetting about the world outside. We may feel like we are doing great: recycle, tick, shop local, tick, reduce plastic, tick. Turn the tv on and get outraged by politicians racism, tick. Yet - if we are just focusing on our own behaviour we are missing a trick. Humans are social animals, and as such we not only need one another (read lykke - if you are searching for happiness, connections with others is all you need!), but we also influence one another as we copy behaviours, especially as children copying from our closest relatives. But, there is always a but. How can we make meaningful connections when we fear the unknown? When we fear one another? The fear is instilled on us by our parents telling us not to accept sweets from strangers on the first times they let us venture alone, and it goes on. So I found myself on many solo adventures, lastly to Morocco, with an innate will to talk and discover, yet an instilled fear. But I let myself use the fear as my antennae for danger and let myself be curious and discover. In doing so I made new friends, learnt things about Islam that I wouldn’t otherwise, learnt to cook a real tagine, found some great surf spots, heard tales from the desert and learnt about different tribes and different navigations system with compasses. I have some new views on life, and I am even more accepting. I understand how hard it is to emigrate, and having seen this place I really wonder why would anyone ever want to leave it?
Anyway - what I am saying is that an open mind is also an integral part of a holistic life and we should make sure to always have one. It doesn’t mean to never be careful, we should be always, but use this fear as antennae to keep you safe and don’t let it become a barrier. You may find that you will learn a lot, through others, with others, you will also teach something and feel rewarded from it. And together, only together, we have the power to change the world.
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