Feeling very depressed and demoralised 😦
Just had a meeting with a really amazing, lovely, inspiring guy who lives in my town about how we get it back up on it’s feet, and prevent it from becoming a clone town. He has loads of really great ideas, and agreed with lots of my really great ideas (well I think they are really great anyway..!) BUT how do we implement them?
He has been active in the politics of the town (in an apolitical way, if that makes any sense) for over 20 years, and says that he is consistently met with apathy and a lack of people who want to stand up and take on the challenges of trying to change things.
This is so depressing. My town is a typical Wiltshire market town. Once upon a time, it would have been a thriving bustling town, with a real community and lots of local businesses. And now, it has lost it’s soul. It is rapidly becoming one of the ‘clone towns’ we all profess to detest so much, but if everyone hates them so much, why aren’t people trying to do more to stop it?
I just want to live somewhere that there is a community-in the truest sense of the word. Somewhere vibrant and alive with artisans and crafters and independent shops, and workshops, and and and….
How can this be achieved? If this guy has been trying for 20+yrs to do something, and not managed it, then is there any point me even trying..?
It could be so great. We could be a sustainable town. We could have a community hub with a craft cafe and workshops, and a meeting space for people, young and old alike, who want to learn new skills, and meet new people, and a retail area for local crafts, and an Upcycle Exchange…. How amazing would that be?!
But I am depressed already at the apparent lack of support of the rest of the town. Although I don’t know for sure that this is the case. There must be other people out there who feel like me? Mustn’t there? And if there are, how do we engage them, and empower them, and get them on board?
I am overwhelmed at the enormity of trying to change something that might not want to be changed.
And don’t even get me started on Climate Change…