I am very lucky to live just off the vibrant Gloucester Road in Bristol, full of independent shops that appear to be thriving rather than gradually shutting up shop. If I follow this street right out of Bristol I’d be on route to the antithesis of independent business – Cribbs Causeway shopping mall that is of galactic proportions – a terrifying glimpse of the future – Walle style mass consumer convenience where even a robot has more character. Follow the road the other way into the heart of Bristol and I’d end up at Cabots Circus where the usual household brand names assault the senses.
I haven’t come across a cobbler or a blacksmith mind but nearly everything else you’d need exists along this street.
Fitting in with an Independence Day overseas I want to tip my figurative hat to any and all individual artisans and small businesses who continue to work by their independent values and refuse to capitalise on the gross mentality that permeates big business.
It was along this street that I stopped outside a small exhibit by a local artist called Robbie Sparks who has shared these facts with me that may have put just a little too much perspective on things. And in appreciation of those daring to challenge the status quo, make their mark, unafraid of independent thought, I thought I’d share. Also these might be of interest and encouraging to the hesitant people like myself that feel stuck between doing work simply to get by or doing more meaningful work and what that might actually entail if you really listen to your heart
- You can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum
- We are travelling at 220km/second across the galaxy
- 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you”
- The atoms in your body are 99.999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you are born with
- According to Quantum physics one thing can be in two places at the same time
So nothing is quite as it seems – tiddlypom! Making your own authentic way as gracefully as possible through life is probably the best way forward from here – refrain from intellectualising and keep it simple – if you can’t do what you love for a living at the very least make time for it – honour it.