Recently I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by my personal Instagram feed. I chose to follow a lot (too many) environmental activists. Don’t get me wrong. We need to talk about the climate crisis and create awareness about how bad single use plastics are, but is that really all that I need and want to see?
I love the accounts that are not just showing the awful stuff, but the beauty and wonder too. I love their attitude of contributing to the good, while not being in denial of the bad.
Being confronted by ugliness all of the time, made me feel as if I was suffocating. I think that humans need to see, hear, smell, taste and feel things and experiences that are aesthetically pleasing. So all this got me thinking. What would I like to experience that will lift my soul and what would I like to contribute to sustainably making the world a better and more beautiful place.
Veld and Sea is based in Cape Point, South Africa. They offer sustainable foraging classes and workshops. They also prepare the most gorgeous looking vegan food. The idea of being in nature, looking for food and then preparing something fabulous and tasty to eat, will fulfill all of my aesthetic requirements for a sustainable experience. A visit to Veld and Sea is most certainly on my bucket list.
The other thing that made me so happy this week, was a video my husband sent me. It is about a glass artist, Josh Simpson, who makes the most beautiful marbles and then leaves them all over the world to be discovered. He once came upon old marbles and was so excited to find these antique beauties, almost untouched by time, that he felt inspired to leave stunning creations for others to chance on. What a generous thing to do. Follow this link to the YouTube video: https://cutt.ly/joshglass
I also want to create something of beauty without expecting it to have an immediate reward. Something that doesn’t have to be liked and commented on. Something I can share with others that will brighten their day and give them hope. Even if I don’t get to see the reaction. I don’t know what that is yet, but when I find it I won’t tell you. I want you to be surprised and charmed by whatever wonder that might be.