As I reread my last post (Rewear, Reuse, Recycle) about demanding companies to give us better products, I suddenly feel a sense of self-entitlement to proclaim such statement. There are countries out there with no food and I am complaining about having food that are in plastic bags. What an interesting world. As an immigrant to the USA, I should feel privileged for having access to all the things I want. I have these thoughts running through my head and I feel something that resembles a shame. I feel guilty of having the things I have and not sharing with the people who really need it, people who have gone days and months without proper food or noncontaminated water; I feel responsible.
Maybe if I don’t use so much water, someone out there would have a little bit more water to drink. (Continentally I understand it is most likely impossible to pass my unused water but who knows, someone could.) I want to emphasize that sustainability is not a trendy glamorous lifestyle (could be) that people just pick up to be commercially sound. I think the purpose of sustainability exist so that everyone could fairly have a little bit more. I feel the urgency to make sure I produce less waste so that somewhere out there in the world is not suffering because of the mess I’ve made.
We have a choice to make but the choice is clear. We should take ownership to foster our environment and nurture the land we take for granted.
I recently unfollowed a lot of people from Instagram as some of you may know. I just stop caring about how I think people view me and how I want people to view me. I have come to a realization of many things I want to change in my life like how much time I spend on social media every single day. I am taking the time to break my bad habits and practice good habits like making my bed every day and devoting my time to scriptures or spending more time with my family. For a lot of you, these things might come naturally, but I have a lot of growing up to do. I realize that most people are impatient. In a melancholy way, in the end, people don’t really care about people and the good news doesn’t sell unless someone is looking for specific answers. People are more attached to intangible commercial news than world crisis. It is the reality so how do we change people? The answer is in the question itself.
I say these things because staying sustainability has taught me principles and fundamentals of life to practice my theories in a way to discipline my body and soul. Somehow the dotted lines in my life have all connected and formed a sort of an identity. I don’t want to sell you anything other than a point of view. I am not cut out to anything else other than myself.
In “73 questions with Donatella Versace” interview with Vogue, she was asked, “what is a trend that she wishes that would never, ever return? and she answered, “Minimalism”. (my heart dropped a little bit) There is a misconception that zero waste lifestyle and being a minimalist is a “trend”. Zero waste doesn’t mean literally making any waste, it is about making less waste.
Simple living is not a trend nor a statement. It is about appreciating what you have and caring about other people more than yourself. It is not to make a profit and it is about sharing a simple way of life. Most of us are graciously born into the most prosperous time in human history, we are so accustomed to having things from the tip of our hands. Our daily struggles are not of sickness, war, or hunger. It is of boredom. We are fighting for the glitz and glam our entire lives and we are always looking for something to entertain us. I am not stating this to offend anyone. I want us to understand that the meaning of life is more than a trend. There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothes.