Taking care of oneself, others and the planet
Studio Rebecca Norberg explores how to do projects with others and generate sustainable, valuable solutions and outcomes. BUT, and this is a big but, in the end, it all comes down to taking care of oneself in order to be able to do good. It is all about dealing with the personal politics first, before profit.
How we take care of ourselves matters. Or should I say our self, the personal that is ours. It matters both in terms of our inner state and the exterior state of the world at large. When we care for ourselves, our way of feeling, acting, doing, responding... changes. Like a pair of leather boots, the self needs cleaning, polishing, nurturing and wear to adapt, fulfill its purpose and last as long as possible. Physically taking care of oneself is related to sustainability, to be able to sustain the self. The same goes for the mental and the soul. Both the rational and emotional self need care taking. Some call it lifestyle this care taking and that seems quite fitting, it is related to the style in which we choose to live our lives. However, style usually has to do with generalising and fitting into boxes which limits the possibilities of how to live and care for the self. Perhaps it is not only about style and finding inspiration in how others live and take care but also about finding out what makes sense for you, or me, for ourselves.
Finding out what makes sense for oneself is difficult and challenging, it is also what politics are about and many feel hesitant to form a political opinion because of its complexity. Though if one starts with the self and sees politics as the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group and these members of a group are the different aspects of the self, perhaps just getting into the mindset doesn't have to seem so overwhelming. The politics of the personal could for example be what we choose to apply to our bodies (like skincare and clothing), what we eat, what we listen to and watch, what we do creatively, what environments we are in and what physical activities we do. Like I said before, this is related to the lifestyle we choose for ourselves but it seems important to not only mimic what others do (even if that's a great way to test and explore) but to really consider what makes sense for the self and what the effects are. It's also just about starting with one aspect and seeing where it takes you.
Because I believe that if I take care of myself and figure out my own personal politics, I can not only take care of others better but also serve the world in a way that is more aligned with my believes. I am not saying it is easy, it is basically the struggle of life or what life is about from both a spiritual and biological perspective... to sustain oneself. All I am saying is it matters, so do not feel shallow or ashamed or bad about taking care of yourself, feel like it is your purpose.