You may have noticed there has been a bit of a gap between my last post and this one. I could cite strep throat and several days without power in the wake of Irma, but truth be told, I've been feeling incredibly discouraged after a conversation with a trusted friend several weeks ago. In explaining my project here, he posed a question that I thought was one only internet trolls had- certainly not one of my best friends. He asked what happens when we shut down factories where children are working for low wages. What happens to their families when one of their sources of income suddenly disappears. My response, of course was that, ideally, instead of shutting them down, we would enforce positive labor practices and pay a livable wage which would allow the members of the family who were underage to attend school because the members of the working class were now able to bring in enough money to make up for the missing income, but I'm not the type of person to leave an argument with no thoughts left over. The thought that has been lingering is: What's the point? Why even try? There will always be something.
Do I think it makes sense to keep doing things the way they are being done? Nope. Do I feel a little overwhelmed thinking about how much is left to do? Sure do. But I'm here today with a tall glass of water to tell you that anything is better than nothing. So if you're like I have been and you feel like no matter what you do, it's never enough- it is. If you feel like you can do more, do it, but don't just stop. Don't give up on doing the right thing because you can't SEE the impact or because you feel insignificant. I'm not here to pep talk you or tell you that it matters to someone somewhere or that your smile may be the only one someone sees today. It's 2017. The internet is full of mis-matched quotes to tell you about how everyone is fighting some sort of battle. What I am saying is: It's better than not doing anything.
So what is the key to living a more thoughtful lifestyle? I don't think there is one. I think if you are thinking more about where your clothes come from and how they are made and by who, you're already on the right track. If you support a small company doing big things with one purchase, you're doing something. If you purchase a pair of pre-loved pumps, you're preventing a new one from being made. Every little thing you do affects something else, so you don't have to be doing everything right- there will always be another decision to make. Maybe the key is just making sure you're making decisions you can feel good about.
Be encouraged. Even if it's only for a few minutes before you get on Facebook and get beaten down by the political climate. It's better than not being encouraged for that amount of time.