NOTE: This is a section of blog posts where we focus on sharing stories and inspirations that drive us to build or participate in a local, sustainable, secure and just community food economy. It will include posts from customers, artisans and any other people who appreciate the principles of local, hand-crafted and sustainable live-culture foods.
I promised myself a few years ago I would stop doing things that made me miserable. Not coincidentally, my brother shared a video with me a couple of years ago that had a profound effect on me:
[Zen Pencils developed a wonderful comic on this same monologue]
I watched that video while working a job that made me miserable. The contrast in my life at that time was all-consuming. All my coworkers thought of me as a “computer person.” They looked at me funny when I tried to talk about gardening, cooking, and especially food fermentation. I love food, and really hate computers. It just made no sense to continue committing myself to spending away the hours of my life in misery.
Watts: You’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to continue going on living. That is, to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid. Better to have a short life full of what you love doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.
Of course, I need to make some compromises. I enjoy writing (or rather, I need to write), but hate sitting still and spending long hours on the computer, which my workflow requires. I hate keeping records and finances, but live in an administration-crazed society.
I promised myself — and all those who support me — to work my tail off to make Saueressen succeed. I exist with the incredible privilege of not needing to worry whether I’ll have a roof over my head and food to eat. That privilege gives me the leeway — and responsibility — to contribute to my dream of a sustainable community. Saueressen exists as a vehicle and prism through which I can pursue that desire — a life worth living, doing things I love doing. I work 12 hour days, but it doesn’t feel like work. Saueressen may not succeed, in spite of my efforts and the efforts of those who support us. But I won’t know until I try. So here I go. Here’s my “try.”
Stay tuned for more answers to the question, “why?”