Hello, my stylish friends! While we saw a widening inequality gap and decline in discretionary spending, we also saw most of the world living simpler (for lack of better words) this year.
Though we started to move away from bigger, better, and faster to slow down, we still see meaningless consumption but seldom take responsibility for purchasing and disposing goods. We continue to push sustainability efforts to the back burner while perpetuating feelings of impatience and urgency. People wonder why youth feel pressured to validate their self-worth on social media! Imagine a millennial purchasing/receiving a handbag to later post online for hundreds of likes or views—how long does this fulfillment last? Even better, we should question how fulfilling this feels and what becomes of the bag after the likes/views cease (likely sits in a landfill).
In retrospect, I regret blindly following the crowd with some of the behavior described above. A simple life, I realize, exposes the beauty in the bare necessities.
Revisit the Roots of Creativity
The other day, I tuned into a panel hosted featuring Virgil Abloh and Angelo Baque, where their emphasis on “more lifestyle, less product” hit home! A rudimentary understanding of creating matter less than understanding community-building and storytelling.
I joke to my roommates that I feel the walls closing in on me after a day of online classes. Of course, I enjoy taking breaks with my peers at either Dunkin or Starbucks, but I feel even more refreshed after spending quality time outside. Since I no longer walk to class because of COVID, I make sure to get out of my apartment to squeeze in brief walks around campus or get my daily run in for the day.
Running: some of the best therapy!
Shop at Thrift stores
Fashion is the world’s second-largest polluter. Already, we have so much product sitting in landfills and consume excess amounts of water during consumer care. This doesn’t count the chemicals and gasses released during production.
For a more sustainable alternate, shop at your local thrift store (bonus: budget-friendly!). Though hit-or-miss on most days, thrift stores are fun regardless to browse inside with friends.
socialize both in-person and online
Does anyone else find this subheading hilarious? I certainly do but probably shouldn’t considering the virtual world that we live in today; it is 2020, after all.
During my first semester of college, I took this communications “COMM” course (for my fellow Blue Hens, the specific course is COMM256!), where Mortenson explained how social media (to quote) allows us to be “alone together”. Ironic isn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but I honestly cannot wait to hug family and friends again and look them in the eye, not through a screen! However, I don’t think many of my peers share my sentiment towards apps like Snapchat and Tik Tok (neither of which I use).
I hope we keep educating ourselves and encouraging each other to find fulfilment in what already exists. Live simply and courageously!