The positive-thinking me, the resilient me, the resourceful me, the mother in me, the one who thinks that the world can be a better place, the one who doesn’t believe in racism, violence and sexism, the one who still hopes, the one who believes in friendship and humanity, we are all tired…
I wanted this year to be different, I wanted to end it on a positive note and I can feel that I’m heading into the same wall as these past few years…exhausted, depleted but with extra baggages: the burden of having lost a father, a beloved aunt and a close friend.
And I’m not the only one to feel the pain…there was Brexit, Paris, Nice, the US elections, the earthquake in New-Zealand and it’s probably not over so here is what I’m going to do and not do these next couple of months…
1/ I’m not going to do any Christmas shopping guide on the blog.
Granted, it will be a lost of income in affiliates links* but one of the reasons, I wanted to stop running the concept store I ran for 10 years, was that I got tired of posting things on Instagram with the same underlying message: BUY.
I’m tired of the consumerism. I’m tired of us (the world) buying things and throwing them away a few weeks later because nothing matters anymore. Not how it is made, where it is made or who made it.
When I was Mila’s age, we were taught in school how to cook, how to sew, how to repair a light and to these days, I still know how to repair and fix a broken light, change a socket or replace fuses. When I see the kind of really useless things Mila is taught at school, like flipping things she will never ever use in her grown-up life, I despair.
I wanted 2016 to be about inspiration and creativity, about beautiful things I saw and photographed without a commercial agenda, which is why I started People from the sea. Sadly I had to pause photography these past few weeks because of my eyes but I should receive my glasses tomorrow or the day after and I will resume photography as soon as I can.
2/I’m going to pause my personal Facebook account
I love Facebook. I’m not one of these people who believe it’s a negative platform. On the contrary, it has allowed me to stay in the lives of people I care about, people I appreciate even if we live in different countries, have different lives. It has allowed me to burst out laughing alone in front of my screen when friends in France, Italy or the US connected at the same time and cracked jokes. It has allowed me to make new friends online and to spend time in real life with like-minded people. It has allowed me to share petitions to save kids, animals, our oceans, to help Jacqueline Sauvage beaten and raped by her husband, to stop bullying at school, to help families with an autistic child, to make positive choices about what I eat, to make engaged choices about companies to boycott like Coca-Cola, Bayer & Monsanto. It has allowed me to discover new things, new people but right now, I’m tired to read one bad news after another. In the same way, if a plane is in trouble up in the air, you need to pull the mask on your face before attending your child, I’m putting the mask on my face so I can look after myself to have the energy to help others.
3/I’m not going to cover any political issues but I will just say this: If you are French, just make sure you register to vote. You have to do this before 31st December 2016 here because when the s**t hits the fan next year with far-right political groups gaining market shares, it will be too late to get your acts together and vote.
4/I’m going to be gentle on myself and focus on this blog which remains my creative space. I’m going to carry on sharing things that inspire me and hopefully will inspire you even if sometimes, it feels like no-man land with no-one bothering to comment despite analytics showing that you are there but not really. Well I’m here…
5/I’m going to do a list of things I want to do next year. Not a new year resolution kind of list but ones with trips and laughters, and simple things. A happy bucket list, like an extended version of 4 feel-good things I wanted to achieve in 2016.
Voilà, so I’ll be here if you need me…
Image source: nayyirah.waheed