Toms shoes today! I have been wanting a pair for a long time and I finally just bought some. I knew so many good things about the company and about all the shoes they have been donating (when you buy a pair of Toms, they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need) So I did not expect to feel anything other than a slight warmth and selfish excitement about getting new shoes. The crazy thing is that when I finished my purchase and it told me on the screen that I had just donated a pair of shoes to a child in need, I totally teared up. I did not expect to feel emotional about it at all. BUT I DID. It made me realize that if doing something that simple, that far removed from the good that is being done (a country or two away, for someone I will never meet, and only knowing about it via electronic notification) can bring tears to my eyes, maybe I am not being as giving and good to my fellow neighbor in my direct community as I could be. Its just so weird to me that I can completely get behind buying something for myself to give to someone else I don't know, and not just DOING something simple like volunteering locally for people I actually live among. I guess perhaps its a little bit because I value my time more than my money. So, its easy altruism to just throw some money in a direction, plus I get something cool out of it. Hmm.
Well, anyway, the reason I am excited about wearing my Toms is not only because I like my shoes and some little kid is going to get a pair too, it is also because they remind me of how good it feels to do a little tiny bit of good, and make me realize that I am Capable of doing so, SO much more.
Dress: Cooperative from Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Thrifted Vintage