Bridgetown DIY, La Puente, California
April 19th 2014
Yesterday was Bridgetown DIY’s 1st anniversary with an actual physical space (it’s been an organization for around three years now!) and we had a super fun show last night to celebrate. I started volunteering/getting involved with Bridgetown right around this time last year while I was living in my dorm at ULV and being really miserable a lot of the time. Going to that first meeting completely turned my life/mindset around after the weirdest and most downward spiraling period of time I’ve ever gone through and I owe a lot of positive things in my life right now to doing so. Last night, after these photos were taken, we all went to our usual Thai food restaurant down the street and a collective member said to us in the parking lot as we were leaving, “Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in this year! We made it!” and, as I’m remembering the person I was this time last year, I’ve just been thinking that it should really be me thanking Bridgetown for everything it’s done for me. I seriously can’t believe that I was ever the person I was back then and I am proud of myself for getting out of that funk and I am SO grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with because of Bridgetown. Whether you knew it or not, you guys have seriously changed the person I am and will be and I just can’t express with a keyboard how much you all mean to me.
Here’s to another year and many more years after that.
What Dan said is powerful and resonates very deeply with me. There were certainly times over the past three years, when it really appeared as though all of the hardwork we had put into achieving our goal would be for not. Against the odds and through perseverance, a year ago yesterday, we attained what we had wanted for so long.
Around the time that the collective first formed in february of 2011, I was in a place very similar to Dan’s; I was a year out of highschool, really despising community college, feeling very down on myself and in general I was listless. After we called that first meeting and I was able to see the outpouring of affection, solidarity and desire to work collectively toward a common goal….I was blown away. For me, it was not only a realization of my politics; the assertion that we are happiest when we have direct control over the institutions in our lives, it was belonging to a community that cared enough to put aside differences and work together. Like I stated earlier, we have had our fair share of trials…but through them we’ve grown stronger.
I wouldn’t be the person that I am today if it was not for the friends (now more accurately, family) that have become part of my life through bridgetown.
I love all of you and I know that we will continue to grow and better our lives and the lives of those around us through this project.
not sure why the detail came out so pixelated in the photo of the poster. shitty phone camera, I guess. thanks for the kind words though, everyone!>>
my hair is the longest it’s ever been. I can push it behind my ears.>>