Aut facere aut mori | “DIY or Die”
If we must use labels as a convenience on this earthly plane, two labels that fit me are “goth” and “granola.”
I enjoy bats, coffins, Bauhaus, Specimen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Christian Death, visiting cemeteries, nineteenth-century literature, vampires, Victorian houses, and elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) fashion.
I also enjoy tofu, trees, veganism, buying in bulk, anything from the Moosewood Collective, nutritional yeast, and consignment shops.
The DIY (Do It Yourself) ethic unites the two.
I like to make and eat granola while listening to playlists with songs from the 1980s featuring melancholy lyrics and wearing all black clothing.
I do not claim to represent all of goth-dom or granola-ity. Generally, these labels are applied externally, though I wait for the day when I’m so goth I think labels are passe. They are, from an ultimate perspective, unimportant.