Lately I’ve been questioning why I decided to blog about dystopian books, and wondering why I still do. In moments of complete tiredness, when all rational thoughts have been lost to the day, I think about stopping blogging, or at least changing what I blog about. This summer Delve into Dystopia will be three years old, but my life has evolved over the last three years, and with it my passions and interests. So many times I consider changing it to a different topic, but then I realise there’s nothing else I would want to write about – for me dystopia isn’t just about the genre of books, but about life as a whole including reading, writing, shopping, styling and eating.
For as long as I can remember my life has been filled with a sense of ethics. My mum has always taught me to be aware of where I buy products from, to where possible buy Fairtrade and to be an ethical consumer, as far as the modern world and limited money will allow me. I always aim to buy products that will last and set me up for life (or at least for many years to come) like from Scaramanga, whose bags are made from ethically sourced materials and last a lifetime if treated with love. It’s these small things that help to prevent sweatshops and an abuse of human rights which could lead on to a dystopia – this is how I make the connection between dystopian books and general lifestyle.
Food is a big love of mine – I follow a plant based diet free from dairy, refined sugar and yeast, and a reduced amount of gluten, and fill my life with wholegrains, fruit and vegetables. It might sound boring to some, but for me it’s opened up a whole new world of food – from raw cacao, to the simplicity and incredibleness (is that a word?) of oats. You might have seen before on Delve into Dystopia, or on my Instagram, that I’m a sucker for snacks that compliment my way of eating from companies like Aduna, Creative Nature, Ombar and more. All of these brands support ethical ways of living and use ingredients from places that pay a fair wage to its workers.
Writing and reading aren’t so much about preventing a dystopia in the way people are treated, but in the way we treat ourselves. I know so many people (including myself) who are able to help their mental health massively through reading and writing. What works for me won’t necessarily work for others, but finding time in my day to switch off and either absorb myself in a book or allow my creativity to take over and write, really helps my anxiety to settle. It can be anything from short stories to one liners, or sometimes even just writing a list helps me – if I can get my thoughts onto paper, then it stops my mind racing because those thoughts aren’t swirling around my head anymore. A happier mind does prevent a dystopia from happening inside us, and surely that’s the worst dystopia of all – the one that we are consumed by and can’t seem to escape because it’s always with us.
So that’s why I continue to talk about dystopia, because it’s my whole life – it’s everything from what I read, watch, buy, eat and do. Dystopia isn’t just the society around us, it’s our everyday lives and daily battles.