Thinking about the love that my heroes put into their life’s work made me wonder what I could love. I have many interests. I know I couldn’t love only one thing forever – it would need to be something more like a category or mission which somehow involved all these different skills and activities that I care about.
I remembered something I said to myself when I was a little girl. I had just learned what the word “matriarch” was. (I think I’d been watching a show about elephant herds, which are led by a matriarch.) I said “I want to be that.”
Of course, modesty precludes the possibility that I would ever admit such a thing out loud. It’s barely tolerated for one to joke occasionally how things would be different if one “ruled the world”.
I don’t want to get my nose up into strangers’ business. I don’t want to be tyrannical or force anyone to believe anything or do anything they don’t agree with. But I do want to lead. I want to design a place where people can share a lifestyle that they all enjoy, and which promotes health and happiness. I want to build a village. A sustainable lifestyle of abundance for all.
All the things I’m passionate about blend together in this one direction. All the time I’ve spent learning to make soap and build tiny houses and grow a permaculture farm etc. would come in useful if and when I ever got the chance to do this. Someday I hope I can. I want to find a place where I can shape a nurturing home that will attract like-minded people to want to move there and share in the vision.
I don’t know about legalities much. (I hope one or more of the people I will attract can be lawyers.) I don’t actually care about having any title of authority. All I want is to set things up so that folks can have a model of community that works for them. Everyone should have a home that is nice, safe, and small. Everyone should have access to plenty of local food. The land should never exceed it’s own carrying capacity. Everyone should have the freedom to raise a family well on even a minimum-wage job, though there will be no stigma against earning more if you can. It isn’t communism. It’s just community that I’m after.
I saw a video once about dry toilets at a music festival, and always thought that sounded so attractive. I want to make a place where artists and musicians and smart, amazing people from all over will feel happy to come and share their gifts and camp out and party together.
I want to build cabins for festival guests to use, showing off many different housing styles like straw bale construction, or cob construction. I want to plant fruit trees and vegetables everywhere in a semi-wild state so they can pick their own dinners, or even catch their own fish. Doesn’t that sound like an awesome campground?
That would be a life I could love. Providing a place for people to visit and enjoy themselves. They’d come for the festival, and the company of like-minded people. They’d come for the camping and the adventure. They’d pick up the permaculture stuff almost incidentally. Then they could take those experiences and copy them elsewhere. 12 months ago