with eyes open wide
I rented a car yesterday.
HELLO that’s a big deal! First of all, it cost me 5% of my monthly paycheck. Well worth it I believe.
Second of all, this was my first time driving a car in 22 months. Yes, almost 2 years.
The entire time I was driving, I was thinking, “How in God’s name can I float a car payment? This is the most amazing, freeing feeling in the world.”
And then immediately my thoughts changed to, “Cars are disgusting and superfluous! Who cares if public transportation takes longer; it’s better for the environment. A car will turn me into a lazy citizen.”
Amazing the fight between comfort/efficiency and logic. It’s also amazing that I even have the right to ponder owning or leasing a car.
This is what “Westerners” have to deal with every day. Credit cards, university educations, savings accounts, televisions, etc. all make it very very difficult to say no to our materialistic consumerism culture. We have the choice, though it usually doesn’t feel like a choice.
“It’s so difficult to be green, to buy the right food, to walk and bike as much as possible, to compost, etc.”
To this I just want to say, Go F* Yourself.
But I guess I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I just ended the post there (I almost did, by the way).
Listen, I’m going to tell this to you straight up in three quick sentences.
1. NO ONE IS PERFECT.
2. Don’t give a shit what people think of you. Do what makes YOU feel right, happy, at peace.
3. Start small.
If you don’t give a shit about the environment, stop complaining about how you’re not doing such and such because it’s just so inconvenient and blah blah blah. LIVE YOUR LIFE AND LET OTHERS LIVE THEIRS.
If you are aware of your carbon footprint and want to do something about it, then what the hell are you waiting for?! Start with little things and let it build upon itself. Start using a reusable bag when you shop, don’t use the dishwasher every night, plant an herb or flower garden for the bees.
No one expects you to save the world, but by being aware of your mark on this Earth, you will slowly start to bring about a change that you never even would have realized you were capable of.
This article was inspired by a post on the Good website: http://www.good.is/posts/why-cities-must-allow-us-to-love-and-leave-our-cars