Well it has indeed been a little while hasn’t it. I’ve been hella busy with work, and also not that busy with work but sometimes just a little tired, overwhelmed and unmotivated. I know so many bloggers who panic when they even take a 3 day ‘blogging break’ let alone a month. But I’ve decided that the term ‘blogging break’ sucks. I wasn’t taking a break, I wasn’t taking holiday or sick pay because it’s not my job, it’s supposed to be fun, a hobby, and that’s why I’m going to blog as and when I want to without external pressures to conform. You’ve all heard it time and again ‘this is my space I’ll do what I want’ but it bloody well is, so I wasn’t taking a break. I just didn’t have much to say last month.
I also didn’t have much to say because sometimes life is sucky, and sometimes you just don’t want to have to find something that looks nice to take pictures of and put on instagram. Sometimes you don’t want to comment an emoji of a coffee cup on someone’s picture of a coffee cup, because sometimes you just want to scream WHAT’S THE POINT! In the loudest shoutiest voice you can manage, then lie on the sofa with Ben, Jerry and in my case Sylvie but your tiny thing you cuddle can be called whatever you want it to be.
Basically sometimes blogging sucks, sometimes work sucks, sometimes life sucks, and not because you’re being a drama queen or because you have mental health conditions but because it actually sucks. I don’t know where I’m going with this but the world has reached new levels of superficial recently, and I wish that we would all start having more respect for each other, and for the planet, and just start using our brains and thinking for ourselves more, and making smart decisions based on what we want to world to look like in the future.
I’m not saying that we don’t do it to an extent, but sometimes I look at the world and I’m scared. It feels like we care so much more about consumer goods than we do about other people. I feel like people turn a blind eye on the realities of where these goods come from, because they would rather pretend it wasn’t happening and buy the shoes than face up to reality. Unfortunately the corporations make it difficult for us to have access to affordable things that are made ethically. But should we accept that?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Who decides who our enemies are? Who decided which countries we should be friends with, and which countries we should exploit and destroy? Who decided which people should be treated with respect, and which should be legally abused and exploited? Who decided it was ok to just cut down the rainforests? Who decided it was ok to pay women less? Who decided it was ok to test cosmetics on innocent animals who can’t stand up for themselves? Who decided it was ok to respect scientists more than artists? Who decided it was ok to treat the planet with so much disrespect, and quite frankly, contempt?
All of the things I have listed are things that corporations, and governments around the world do very little to change, many in fact just contribute to the huge mess that the world is in socially, economically, and culturally.
And so I at least for the last month I’ve felt like I really couldn’t keep writing about frivolous things like fashion and beauty, because babies, and animals and people, and the world is dying around us and we need to step back and decide whether or not we’re just going to let it happen, or do something about it.
I know the world isn’t all terrible. I know that there are people who work tirelessly, and do the best they can to improve things. I know that all small good deeds go and long way, and every good thing you do makes a difference. I know that buying stuff doesn’t make you a bad person. But I also know that we as society can do more.
So from now on, I’m going to morph my thought of the week into the more political, Let’s Talk About! You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to but I’m going to research, and think about things that matter and write about them and make people aware of the things that go on behind closed doors, or even just in other parts of the world that the media decides isn’t important enough for airtime.
I’m also going to start another series where I interview wonderful people who do good things, and try to make the world better, or happier or brighter in any way. Whether it’s by making beautiful things, writing books, working with charities or anything else that just makes a small difference.
I know this has been a long one. But if you made it to the end then thank you.