It's hard to avoid all the heart-dropping crap on the news at the moment, and it's so damn easy to find yourself feeling utterly powerless in the face of something so great and devastating. The soul-consuming thoughts are omnipresent: what can we do? What can I, a 22 year old, possibly do? How do I make myself heard? What can I contribute? What is my path? Can I really continue to do my thing when horrible things are happening?
Regardless of the state of the world or the state of my life, keeping up a positive attitude and striving to be productive can be challenging. There's a part of me who wants to stay in bed (my safe place) and binge watch Netflix for 5 hours, and there's a part of me who wants to make the most of now, and work on things that make me happy, that could, in some far-fetched way, provide a moment of escapism for others. I've began to accept that, although I can (and plan to) join marches, spread the word online, and fight for what is right, I have an individual kind of power which only I can cultivate. The trick is discovering what exactly that is.
I met Daniel Radcliffe last week after seeing him perform in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic (review coming soon!) and I was utterly overwhelmed by his positive attitude. It's something I'd witnessed in his interviews, but to see it in person was quite mesmerizing. (I know what you're thinking: um what is the link here? Can you talk about a famous actor and difficult social issues at the same time? Yup I'm going there, turns out you can be inspired by famous people and that's completely OK). At that moment a seed of thought was planted, which somehow grew and developed into this mess of a blog post. It made me think about my attitude towards certain situations and the things humans do in life which are so very vital to our happiness and to our legacy, away from the destruction and violence.
It doesn't matter if it's a successful play, or a big-budget film, a poem, or a amateur blog post. Who cares? What matters is that we continue to create and share, even if we do it only for ourselves. Otherwise what is the point?
We half-expected to go home with no outfit pictures at all - it being so sunny and so busy - But we unknowingly found the best shooting location after wandering only a few steps from Oxford Street. It was the day after we got back from Prague, our legs and feet still aching (but looking rather toned - 40k in two days will do that to you!), and we just felt like we had to go out and make the most of the sunshine. It was warm enough for me to ditch my coat and tights, finally sporting my bomber jacket after being locked away in my wardrobe for months on end.
Full outfit is from Zara
Wishing you all a lovely week!