Like most of us, life is like a game of spinning plates.¬†Many, many, plates. Amidst the chaos and confusion of it all we hear the¬†Lorax say, ‚ÄúUnless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is¬†going to get better, it‚Äôs not.‚ÄĚ This reminds us why we spin those plates.
We are with the Lorax. It‚Äôs you and me. There is no one else who is going to¬†fix, clean up, challenge or amend this reality we share. We‚Äôre it.
It can be daunting to know where to start, so in this issue we bring you¬†stories bursting with antidotes to apathy.
These five people (below) have understood something fundamental: That life¬†is made up of a thousand steps and we need to begin with one, even if¬†we‚Äôre afraid to fail.
That‚Äôs not to say we can‚Äôt have fun while doing it. Being a grown up can¬†be a rather numbing list of responsibilities and Gantt charts. We need to¬†play more. Not in the 80s anthem of ‚Äúwork hard play hard‚ÄĚ but in that old¬†fashioned ‚Äėlose yourself and get silly‚Äô kind of way. In exploring the role of¬†play in our lives, the Dumbo team realised it‚Äôs been years since we truly played at all.¬†But as it turns out, play is as essential to our wellbeing as sunlight.
So let‚Äôs all heed the Lorax and care a whole awful lot‚ÄĒabout everything.
Maria Popova is a Brain Picker
Maria writes Brain Pickings, a daily blog so astounding in its depth and complexity that the US Library of Congress has deemed it a national treasure.
‚ÄúWe remind ourselves that the issues facing our world are very human, and that other humans have thought about them before, and have sometimes thought about them much better.‚ÄĚ
Blake Mycoskie is the Chief Shoegiver
Blake‚Äôs company, TOMS, proves that business has the power to change the world. Their model is simple: for each pair of shoes bought, a pair is donated to a child in need.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not just some cute idea, we‚Äôre a successful, prominent business and we‚Äôre helping people.‚ÄĚ
Jason Roberts is a Renegade Builder
We‚Äôve abandoned our neighbourhoods and killed off our living spaces. As the founder of Better Block, it‚Äôs Jason‚Äôs mission to bring them back to life to create spaces for meaningful interaction.
‚ÄúPeople paint over graffiti, you put all this effort into building a sand castle and it‚Äôs washed away. Why do you do that? Well, nothing‚Äôs permanent in life. There‚Äôs no such thing as safety. I could get cancer tomorrow. That‚Äôs what I found out!‚ÄĚ
Mama Kin has found her Voice
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Mama Kin supported other musicians to live out their dreams until one day she stopped making excuses and found her own voice.
‚ÄúI have albums that were eras in my life. Artists that would articulate feelings and emotions I was grappling with, and these songs would come through and it would be, How can you possibly express my heart in that way right now? How can you possibly be at the centre of my grief at my loneliest moment, and I‚Äôve never met you. I‚Äôve never even laid eyes on you. That‚Äôs fucking alchemy! That‚Äôs magical! It spins me out that that‚Äôs what I‚Äôm a part of.‚ÄĚ
Peter Hammarstedt is a Sea Shepherd
Peter risks his life for whales. He is captain of one of four Sea Shepherd ships, the Bob Barker. He lives by the ethos that if we want to see a more balanced world, we must stand our ground against injustice.
‚ÄúThroughout history, it has been passionate individuals who change things, not government.‚ÄĚ
The Lost Art of Play
We don‚Äôt play anymore. Why is that?¬†As children, play is one of the first things we learn to do.¬†It teaches us to be optimistic, flexible and social. Yet when we¬†grow up, it seems to almost disappear from our lives.