When I was about seven I fell into a pond/lake thing at a park in a new city we just moved to, it was not a pleasant experience as you can imagine and from thereon I never learnt to swim, I did have swimming lessons at school but I was never taught how to swim and the moment my head goes underwater and/or I couldn’t touch the bottom of the pool I would panic hence never learning to swim.
At the beginning of this year though I decided I am going to learn to swim. What changed? I guess seeing how swimming helped my partner, not just in terms of physical – he would always say how good his body felt but also when he has his down moments I really saw the benefits of how it helped his mental state too. The benefits were beginning to outweigh the fear…
I am so happy because as of last week my teacher said I must now learn the butterfly as I have mastered the other strokes – front crawl, breaststroke and back! My response was ‘must I?’ butterfly is damn hard and utter respect for those who choose to compete in this stroke.
The reason I am writing about this is that I feel like I have been learning more than ever over the past couple of years, especially with the non-profit I am currently working with focusing on sustainability and the importance of it, which feeds back into my own work and where I want to go with it. It’s so easy to let things be and continue as we are but avoiding the hard truths will not help anybody in the long run.
So I want to share this video with you as I feel we must think and demand a better way for how we consume and make in order to continue and protect our planet at the same time.
While I am focusing more on the fashion and sustainability side of it, in particular materials, every industry has to start thinking about these issues and how to implement change to make our planet sustainable. Being open to learning and collaboration will be fundamental to making this happen.