On Fireflies and Dream Jobs
“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Travel gives you a sense of scale.
Standing on a beach in Sri Lanka, I struggled to make out the fireflies from the stars.
I couldn’t see the difference between tiny creatures right in front of me and the luminous plasma lightyears away. The scale was all wrong. I felt the limits of my consciousness like the back of a dusty cupboard.
I was too focused on the tiny realities of life. As Rumi put it, I was acting so small.
This is the feeling that pervaded my time working in Fashion Magazines. I loved the creativity of the job but I felt that I was so focused on the small things – “20 must-have items for a new season wardrobe” – that I was missing the bigger picture.
Moments such as that night in Sri Lanka have instilled me with a celestial scope. Travel will do that to you. I learnt to collect moments not things – Untangled the idea of what I had from who I was. I realised that I could work less, spend less, have less and live more.
That’s why working for The New Betty has been somewhat of a dream job for me. It’s a women’s magazine with a socially conscious outlook. It sets out to prove that style can be eco-friendly; celebrates that we can transition from a convenience culture to a connection culture. Like the God of Small Things, these are earthly issues with a stellar vision. This is a magazine that separates the fireflies from the stars.
You can check out some of my work for the magazine here and here
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