13 Nov A Confession to Make
I have a confession to make, one I don’t like people to know…
I Drive a Big Car.
I care deeply about the planet, if you read any other posts on this site, you can see that. I want to live an eco-friendly life. I want to reduce the impact I have on the earth. I want to be able to tell my grandchildren “look I did something, I didn’t just ignore the environmental problems”. I want to be a person that proactively cares about the planet.
There are some things I do in my life that I know are not good for the planet and yet I still do them. Driving my big car is one of them. Every time I get into the car, I know that I am making a bad choice for the environment, and I feel guilty about it.
I am NOT Perfect.
It’s out there, I said it, and it’s true.
I can give you lots of justifications about why I have this big car. The main one is that my other big passion in life, is surfing. This big car lets me get my 9ft board to the beach, so I can do what I love to do. Oh, there are many other justifications I can come up with.
I can also give you a whole list of things that I do to live lighter. I reduce my waste and compost, I strive to live plastic free, I have detoxified my life and make my own body and beauty products, I buy in bulk, I’ve reduced consumerism, tried to simplify as much as possible and I conserve water and energy.
And when it comes to this big car of mine, I use it only when necessary and ride my bike as much as possible instead. I am really aware of the impacts that my car has and with that awareness I don’t ignore it, I try to reduce it as much as possible.
What I really want to address is this guilty feeling I have. It isn’t adding anything of value into my life. In fact this guilt actually feels quite toxic.
So I am instead I have decided to embrace ‘living Green and NOT being Perfect’.
I strive to live lighter on this planet every day, and what I know for sure, is that there is always more that I can do.
In order to make this a long lasting lifestyle choice, I need to take it one step at time and do what works for me right now in the short term. If I do this then these sustainable changes I am attempting can last and go the distance.
So with the energy that this guilty feeling takes up, I am going to instead put it into the things that I can be doing.
Being Green doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
So here’s to imperfection, awareness and striving to do more!