Exciting times

THIRTY SOMETHING by Ishi Dinim

There are three things on my mind these days: babies, politics and basketball. I’m feeling pretty upbeat about all of them too. I’ve got a little one set to arrive in around one moon’s time. There are multiple elections with serious ramifications that I imagine are going to end up the way I would like them to – well, except for the federal Canadian one. And basketball continues to bless our world with the many gifts it can offer.

Basically, I’m going to be a dad – possibly, the most important elections in my life are coming up and the spinning ball of joy is within my reach.

Lately, I’ve been spending a great deal of energy sprucing up our nest. It’s funny how such a small person can take up so much space in our minds, and now, in our home as well. There are so many questions about our world and what it’ll be like when our child grows into it. I know that in our own small way we are doing what we can to encourage our future to be dignified and healthy. I can’t help but feel hopeful that we are collectively making positive changes in the face of major calamities. Even slow-moving structures like government are realizing that we need to advocate for our planet. Every choice we make has an effect and our children will dwell in our choices until they can make their own.

I’m not saying that making a choice to live more sustainably is always easy or fun, but it is necessary. It can sometimes make your head hurt trying to anticipate all the ramifications of what it is you’re about to do or not do, following a decision down its multiple, possible paths.

The general rule I’m following these days is less is more. I believe that the cure to our ills generally lies in controlling our ego and disallowing it to consume more than we need.

Here’s to getting real cozy with people you love and taking some time to just be. Good luck; I know I’m going to need it.

Films worth watching:
Redbelt
Burn After Reading
Pineapple Express

Internet time well spent:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CmvDQK3k2w

Ishi graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2001, with a BFA major in photography. He makes films, collects cacti and ponders many things. Currently, he is doing what he can for himself and the planet.

contact: ishi@yahoo.ca

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