Photo taken in Fez, Morocco. A young boy fills up his water bottle at the river access
Originally I was going to talk about other ways to make a strangers’ day, but I’ve had a change of heart. So as to not let you down, here are some examples I had in mind:
- Tell a complete stranger they look nice/happy today
- Smile to anyone you make eye contact with
- Bring a meal to someone who is homeless
- Have a conversation with someone who is homeless – enough people ignore him/her on any given day
- Refill someone’s parking meter
- Tape a quarter to a gumball machine (love this suggestion from Laura)
Doing any of these simple acts will surely make someone smile. How does this equate to social activism? Happy people = a happy society.
Today I want to dissect the meaning of social activism in the context of DIY. I don’t just create for the sake of having pretty things (although no lies, that’s a huge part of it) but I create because it’s a good thing to do. Making things with your own hands is a way to contribute to society and quietly participate in the social activism movement. What are some ways I do this? By canning and creating DIY’s through recyclable materials.
Then came our parents’ generation. Food was abundant and, as both parents often worked, time was more scarce. Canning seemed like a waste of time when you could just hop down to the local grocery store to pick up your jar of pickles. Who has time to sit over a pot of boiling water anyhow?
But now we make the time. People are getting back in touch with preserving and canning for several reasons. Perhaps they just want to reacquaint themselves with the nostalgic old ways. A bit more radically, others maywant to take control of their food as a way to take a stand against what the industries are doing to our food supply. Cue in social activism. Either way, it’s beautiful to see this age old craft, what used to be a necessity, become popular again.
As I said above, DIYing isn’t just about making pretty things – it’s about self sustenance and contributing to a world conscious of its actions. You don’t need to be a radical to make a difference, you just need to do what feels right, whether it’s canning, crafting, or smiling at someone who could use a friendly face.
This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my participation.
The opinions expressed are my own.