(and be sure to have read my last post so you know what I'm 'so what-ting' about!)
It's all very nice (or not!) to be visualising oneself naked with nothing else around but pristine nature, squiggling toes in the earth and getting tingles all through one's body as one realises their divine and unquestionable connection to the planet.
But in reality....is that really gonna help change the way things are?
Is that really gonna help reduce the extreme levels of air pollution in the world? Or provide food to the millions who go without?
Is that gonna help convince the crazy governments of our time to stop logging ancient forests, or digging deep inside the earth to find more and more and more?
All it may do is provide for a bit of a laugh...( which is a fair form of healing in itself!) .
Or it may trigger a memory of something that was known before but forgotten on the treadmill of getting somewhere, somehow through life...
Or it may provide an opportunity for someone (who is feeling bored) to scrutinise and criticise and objectify my words to see what's 'wrong' with them...
Or it may provide a reason to take shoes off and see for oneself what happens and what it feels like...
But even then, so what?
How can the barefoot experience help save this beautiful planet?
Well, firstly...I gotta put my clothes back on ...reconstruct my house back again and all the things that are inside it...build the roads again...the traffic lights, reconnect my phone and computer...all the things I visualised dismantling, I'm putting back together so that now I'm right here.
Sitting at a table in a house in Bicton. Western Australia, writing these words on a computer.....and thinking how she can save the world.
This morning when I went for a walk with my mum along the beach I said something about wanting to save the world or at least try to change it a bit and she laughed and said that's just not possible anymore..that I may as well just accept the world as it is.
Wise words to a degree....but such a bloody bubble burster!
And as any healthy mother- daughter relationship goes, it only added fuel to my resolve to do exactly the opposite and prove her completely wrong!
See, my secret in this 'world saving thing' is that I know, that in every moment, along with thousands and thousands of others in the world,
I'm doing it.
Changing the world....transforming the things I don't like about it and making it how I want it...simply by believing that I can. That we can, as little humans living here.
Sorry mum, for disagreeing with you, but if I don't believe I can make a difference, I get really, really depressed!
So, I believe that I can save the world....
.........and then I go for a walk.
And as I'm walking, whether it be to the shops down the road, or along the beach, or through the city.... I know that every barefoot or shod step I take outside in the world....breathing the air and feeling the sunlight on my shoulders, or the wind caressing my cheeks, or the touch of a stone under my foot......I am connecting with where I am.
I'm being a human on her planet
Recognising where I am and falling completely and totally in love with it.
And it's that love that gives me the fire and the drive and the enthusiasm to do whatever I can to help preserve what little bits of untouched earth we have left.
(continued next post)