A while ago, a couple of my favourite online bloggers published their own manifestos and since then I’ve been mulling over what I’d include in my own.
Manifestos are important, and they aren’t exclusively associated with politics. They might sound a little scary and formal but by definition, a manifesto is simply a public verbal declaration of all the shit you believe in – “your motives, incentives and beliefs.” ‘To manifest’ is ‘to make real’.
We each have our own manifesto – it’s just some of us are yet to confirm the exact content. Our principles exist to help us make decisions and guide us through life, and it’s simply a matter of having the chance, and the guts, to publicly declare “here’s what I think!”
This being a period of intense political activity, writing one now seemed more appropriate than ever. So after doing some digging this evening, I stumbled across a wonderful post by Alexandra Franzen, which outlined the kind of things you should include to create the perfect “blow-your-mind” manifesto. I followed it step by step, and here’s what I came up with.
1. Just tell us what you believe. Simple as that. One sentence, a bullet-point list, or a whole commencement address.
– I BELIEVE….
- in equality.
- in freedom of speech.
- in putting your family and loved ones first.
- in God.
- in random acts of kindness.
- in being honest when you can.
- in the significance of story telling and keeping your imagination alive.
- that life is too short for feuds and arguments.
- that everything happens for a reason.
- that you shouldn’t believe everything you read, see or hear.
- that you also shouldn’t not believe in something just because it isn’t there.
- that stepping out of your comfort zone is good for you.
- that you should always try to stay positive, even when you don’t feel like it.
2. “Paint a vision of the world you want to live in. What’s different? What’s better? What’s easier?”
– I WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE….
- people spontaneously burst into song and nobody thinks it’s weird.
- men and women are paid equally for doing the same job.
- bullying doesn’t exist.
- suffering doesn’t exist.
- people aren’t criticised for being themselves.
- newspapers aren’t filled with trash journalism.
- everyone gets to fulfill at least one of their life ambitions.
- people aren’t defined by or categorised into stereotypes.
3. Wrap it up by telling us how you’re actively creating that world, right now — and how we can join you.
– HERE’S WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE….
- worrying gets you nowhere.
- you never stop learning.
- a glass of wine or a decent cuppa can do a lot of good.
- a problem shared is a problem halved.
- manners don’t cost a penny.
- when one door closes, another one opens.
- laughter is a damn good medicine.
4. Share a collection of straight-shootin’ tips & advice, from the perspective of someone who’s not “perfect” — just a few steps ahead.
- “Be the heroine of your own life.” – blogger Laura Jane Williams
- “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn
- “Being polite is possibly the greatest daily contribution everyone can make to life on Earth.” – Caitlin Moran
- “Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.” – Jack Kerouac
- “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” – Mallory Hopkins
- “Never put a sock in a toaster.” – Eddie Izzard
5. THE MICRO-MANIFESTO… If you were at the world’s biggest open mic night, and had fifteen seconds on the microphone, what would you holler out into the crowd? (Quick! Go! There’s not much time!)
- Learn lots.
- Smile lots.
- Dance lots.
- Laugh lots.
- Write lots.
- Cry lots.
- Keep trying. And when you fuck up, try again.
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