How to Create a Revolution

The most wonderful part about moving, is when you finally get yourself settled in. You know the feeling-that feeling when you finally move your favorite things into your new home, and finally have that sense of real belonging-like this is really where you are in life. It’s a wonderful feeling.

 

Moving can be quite frustrating. Packing things in boxes, and putting your life into categories, in boxes where your life is in a sort of label. There go the books about art history, and there are the crochet books from when you first began to crochet. There go the needlepoint kits, and the pictures of your firstborn-the ones you thought you’d lost. It seems sort of sad and exciting to pack things away and then take them out as if it were Christmas.

I started a new job today, one I am quite happy about. And today, on the anniversary of my brother’s death, and on this full hunter’s moon, therein I realized that I had finally put up all the things in my home that make me feel I am home.

At any rate, I do sort of prefer to keep my private life as private as I can, but I am happy that I am working for a non profit organization, one that I have been a patron of for years. You know that I am a big fan of anything handmade. And if I haven’t already been clear, the reason for that is because I feel that by purchasing handmade, purchasing local, and shopping small, you put your money in the hands of your community. You are aiding your local community and therein, also aiding the economy as a whole, on a federal level because you put your money in the hands of your neighbor, rather than a large corporation that under pays it’s workers, who then have to file for public assistance to even make ends meet. This is how you create a revolution-by shopping small, shopping local, and buying handmade.

Then of course, there are thrift stores. I absolutely love thrift stores. The reason these are wonderful for so many reasons.

From an eco-concious standpoint, there’s this-instead of throwing garments away, creating waste for the earth, just donate them to a thrift store. Then someone buys it, creating a source of income for the thrift store, and the employees that work there. And then there’s the tidbit that creating new clothing takes a lot of energy, and harsh chemicals that are horrible for the environment.

I personally love second hand clothing because there’s less of a chance of someone else having the same exact outfit as I have. So that’s what I love.

I work then, I suppose I can tell you, at Goodwill Industries, in their community outreach program. This work is quite fulfilling to me and I am quite happy to know I am working at a company who’s goals are similar to my philosophy on life. That makes me quite happy indeed.

So if you want to know, the answer to how to create a revolution is simple: shop small, shop local, shop handmade. Always. And when you can’t afford the aforementioned, buy it secondhand, or learn to make it yourself. Going by this rule is how I learned to crochet, make soaps and creams and candles, grow herbs on a New York City, make journals and books, carve stamps….and maybe making things yourself isn’t your scene. But you can buy soap from your neighbor who’s maybe hoping to get enough sales to pay for her kid’s ballet lessons, or candles from your friend who needs money for spaying his cat.

That’s how you create a revolution.

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