Mother Earth: Every small bit makes a difference.

I’ve been rather disappointed in society lately. It seems everywhere I look people of influence are spouting that there’s no sense in trying to protect our planet because it’s too hard of a task, it’ll take too long or we’ll never have enough ‘buy-in’ to make an impact. Or, the one that makes me the most angry, is when they say the next generation can deal with it!

The very people that are supposed to be teaching us ‘you can do anything if you put your mind to it’ are on television each night saying that it’s a good thing to roll back emissions regulations, oil regulations, and every regulation that’s been put in place to help protect our environment. Pipelines seem to be popping up like it’s nobody’s business and I recently read a story about a whale that washed up on a beach in Indonesia that had more than 150 disposable plastic cups in its stomach.

So the message that we’re sending to ourselves and to future generations is what exactly? Convenience over conscience? That if something seems hard there’s no point in even trying? That making money is more important than protecting the planet?

Here’s the thing about change: it doesn’t happen in in instant. You can’t just snap your fingers and fix things. It’s going to take years of conscious efforts and smarter choices to treat our planet the way it deserves. Just like it didn’t take us overnight to fill the oceans with our trash, it’s not going to be an overnight task to clean them up, either.

People need to make the choice to introduce change. Swap your disposable straws for reusable straws. Use a reusable cloth instead of a paper towel. Store your rainwater to water your garden. Don’t listen to the men and women on television when they tell you change can’t happen. Allow all ideas to come to the table and make feasible adjustments to your life.

If 100,000 people make small changes in their lives, imagine what that means for the planet? Now imagine if 1 million people did it? Tell your friends. Encourage good behaviour for the betterment of the earth.

I know it’s easy for me to sit here and type this sounding like a hippy. Growing up in Northern Canada, though, you’re taught a certain respect for the earth that can’t ever be ignored. We’re all human, and we all have a part to play here. I’m not one to ask someone to overhaul their life to be better on the planet, but I am one to advocate small change.

Buy in bulk, rather than goods packaged in plastic. Invest $8 in some stainless steel straws. Don’t use that sheet of paper-towel to wipe off your kitchen counter tonight, instead, use a reusable wash cloth. Please, please, please take a look at how you do things and see what small changes you can make to help the earth for the better.

I want to see it’s beauty preserved. I want to go on long hikes to beautiful waterfalls in the middle of nowhere to just sit and be one with the earth. And I want other’s to understand how wonderful of a feeling it is to do that, if they want to hike with me. But even if they don’t, I know they can appreciate a pretty photo.

So anyways, the point of this incredibly long rambled-mess is that everyone can make a difference. And don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise.

Protect our planet.

Things I wish I knew when I was 22

  1. It’s not the end of the world. Yes, things sucked. Debt is not fun. Having shitty people in your life is also not fun. Realizing that the bull shit you thought you were going to be done with when you finally find your place in this world is a fact of life. But, at the end of the day, you’re still going to wake up tomorrow and put one foot in front of the other. Move on, don’t forget, just look past it.
  2. DON’T EVER SETTLE. The moment you do, you’ll end up with so much less than you ever settled for. You are important. Yes You. And don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. If you want to run a marathon – instead of listening to someone tell you why you can’t, put your running shoes on and get to training. If you want to be a doctor, you better be willing to study. If you’re going to be President, you better want to be president. Barack Obama didn’t just wake up in the Whitehouse. How many people told him it was never going to happen? He didn’t give a damn and neither should you.
  3. Just because you don’t talk to them for long periods of time, doesn’t mean they’re any less of a friend. Shit, life happens. You know that better than anyone, so don’t go holding it against the people in your life when they get busy.
  4. If you let the bad stuff matter more, you’ll never be happy. Heartbreak and loss, destructive insecurities… they’re the inevitable facts of life that catch up with everyone eventually. When you don’t have a reason to be happy, give yourself a reason to be happy. Just as much as you want to be happy, the people in your life want you to be happy too. So go get a pedicure, walk in the rain, buy a puppy… whether the reason small or large, give yourself a reason to smile. You deserve it.
  5. Remember to laugh. Remember to cry. Remember you’re only human. As much as it might suck to feel vulnerable, strength comes when you discover your weaknesses and overcome them. Laugh a lot, cry a little and learn your lessons. Repeat.
  6. Go easy on yourself. Everyone and their dog can say “I’m my own biggest critic” because we’re always aware of our biggest flaws and greatest insecurities. Thing is, even the harshest critics in the world take a day off once in a while. If they don’t that negativity will take over who they are. Are you going to let it take over your life?
  7. Play the lottery. Lightning isn’t supposed to strike twice, but it does. The underdog isn’t supposed to win, that doesn’t stop them from it. Not asking is worse than asking and getting a no. Not playing lessens your odds a whole lot more than buying a ticket. You never know when your windfall will come. Open your arms and let it.
  8. Work. Work hard. Work your ass off. “C’s may get degrees” but in all honesty, what reason do you have for not doing your best? Laziness is a demon that will eat away at you if you let it. Be the best version of yourself. Work, work, and work. Each time you do something, strive for a higher achievement. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you get there, so work your ass of and get there.
  9. Rome wasn’t built in a day. As much as it’s become common place to say, it still isn’t really understood properly. Change is not an overnight occurrence. You won’t wake up tomorrow and be a completely different person. It’s a much slower, much smaller process than that. Don’t expect yourself to change, allow yourself to change. One day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come and wonder how you ever were that person.