Life Of Two In Spain. Day 8. Seville. Happy Plenty!
It’s the last day of the second decade of the 21st century. I hadn’t realized this till a few days ago. So here comes the pressure of delivering a meaningful message.
But first, as we’ve accustomed you, here’s what happened today.
I had my hair cut (now I look like an angry truck driver, see image).
We had a delicious lunch at a Japanese restaurant (cheap too — twelve Euros for a five course menu).
Now we are lurking around the apartment (in a bit more than our underwear). I don’t see ourselves going outside given the cool view. And guess what? We are happy being this old and uninteresting.
Now I got that out of the way, here are my thoughts for what it has been and what will probably follow.
I feel I should write about what the ‘10s meant. For the planet, for Romania, for me, for us. But that’s going be too long of a story and I am not even sure it matters. They all say it’s been hard and they all mean different things by that. Economic crisis, global warming, nationalism gone wrong, terrorists, deforestation, infertility, consumerism, religious extremism, gender income gap, discrimination, depression …
You see, all these things have nothing in common but they all hurt us one way or the other. I don’t think there is an easy solution for them. These are hard problems. They don’t have easy fixes. So let’s stop trying to find it. We got used to this capitalistic recipe: put little in, try to maximize the output. There isn’t anything wrong with it if you look at it whole. But the cutthroat competitive world we live in has been focusing us on the first part — put as little as possible in.
As I said, these are big problems, we can’t expect to get away with solving them with little effort.
So, if there is something I wish from all of us for the new decade is to go steady and put in that effort. It takes every single one of us.
Maybe you don’t want to read this but I think it’s more useful than the traditional happy plenty stuff.
Here is what you can do to make yourself and the world around you a little better in 2020.
Ask when you don’t know.
Stop buying shit you don’t need.
Allow yourself to be happy. Or sad.
Speak up when you are mistreated.
Feed the kid within every now and again.
Remember that social media is -not- reality.
Avoid plastic in clothes, wrapping, toys, etc.
Stop blindly obeying and question everything because nothing is set in stone.