Having created this blog in a pre-pandemic era, I have had time to research encouraging stories of kindness happening in my community. Whether it’s helping a friend or neighbour with groceries, calling a lost friend to say hello or helping a self-isolating boomer for free, it strikes me that in a world of incessant negative media streaming that we have a large heart and are willing to do acts of kindness for goods sake.
Which raises a question? Out of a crisis what do we want our future lives to look like? Most families are in a flux – losing jobs, kids out of school, outsourcing basic life tasks with no time to sit, rest and play. This crisis has led some of us to have more time to spend with the kids and chance to appreciate laughter and a crappy game of Yahtzee! Maybe we have reacquainted with old friends, improvised cooked ‘Duck ala Banana’ as we decide to Mark Manson our lives and not give a f^%+ to face the supermarket for the third time this week. Some of us have been reminded what is it to be married – ‘oh yeah you, I remember you! That’s right I love you already!’
The big question is what or who are we on this treadmill for? Is it to keep up with the Jones’? For some of us it is all about the status of who we are trying to impress. Imagine living in a world where you didn’t have to impress anyone, be judged or feel inadequate? Imagine a world where you don’t have to compete against your friend, neighbour, colleague or sibling to be supreme? When we are members of the community as opposed to a economic cog in a economic rationalist world our worth is measured by experience and interaction rather than the stuff we shove into cupboards.
Another question to be posed – how many of us wander around stores buying stuff we don’t need on a credit card? Is it time to learn a hobby, play an instrument or take the dog for a walk? Imagine living within our means (saving some of that stimulus package) by stopping our greedy individualist and competitive ways.
One thing for certain, I have had the time to reflect on what makes me special in this world. By listening to author Hugh McKay and trying to perfect the art of belonging I hope that by advocating for others to have a simpler more grateful life, universal education and healthcare, sharing useful information (knowledge is power) or taking the time to say hello to a random stranger, my main purpose is to be connected to grateful people and experiences that make me happy.
As owner of Decrapify Me, I have decided to change direction with this blog. Originally designed to be a fee for service platform, I have been inspired by plenty of good news stories to pay it forward and share my learnings for free. I expect I will make mistakes, not every seed with germinate, some of you will find better ways to do things and not every meal will be worthy of Masterchef!
Let’s keep the discussion going by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until till next time may some rest and recuperation be with you.