Having the opportunity to meet young people who are trying to change the world is one of the best things about being a freelance writer.
I recently had that chance when I interviewed the founders of Ezzy Lynn – a group of women who are using fashion for social and environmental good. Their weapon of choice? The scrunchie.
[For those who aren’t in the know, Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a scrunchie as “a piece of elastic covered in often brightly-coloured cloth that is used to hold long hair at the back of the head.”]
Sound crazy? That’s what I thought when the assignment dropped into my inbox. Then I met Western University grads and Ezzy Lynn co-founders Samantha Laliberte, Sonja Fernandes and Bianca Lopes.
This trio of 25-year-olds have their act together, and I wouldn’t bet against them. Intrigued? You can read my cover story here.
It made me think about what I was doing when I was 25…living in Geneva Switzerland, working as a freelance musician with no plans to change the world. Without many plans beyond next week, actually.
Worrying about the bottom line and trying to build a business in a socially and environmentally responsible way was definitely not on my radar screen. But eventually I gave up my bohemian ways, returned to Canada, and went back to school…
Fast forward 15 years and I have a new career and a family that includes a 9-year-old and two Newfoundland dogs.
Last week, we made a quick trip to Geneva (minus the dogs)…
We visited some of my old haunts…
… drank real Eiskaffee…
…and escaped the heat wave by jumping in the lake.
We also went on a day trip to Chamonix and took the gondolas up Mont Blanc – something I couldn’t afford to do as a twenty-something musician.
It was wonderful to revisit a city that was once my home and that holds so many great memories. And so, while I am in awe of this generation of driven, entrepreneurial millenials who are working so hard to change the world, I hope that they’ll also take some time to explore it. Responsibilities will wait.