In May I resolved to make my environmental impact as tiny as possible. I would give myself a B+ on follow through. I was consistently good about it - I got back in the habit of taking public transport almost everywhere, turned off lights I wasn’t using, rarely drank coffee out of a paper cup, used fewer napkins and paper towels, all those little things. It’s not an A because I didn’t do anything especially grand. For example, on days when I knew I’d be at school late, I’d still drive to campus. In emergency situations I’d get a drink in a disposable cup. Etc. What’s kind of nice, though, is that I feel like the small, simple actions I changed over the course of the month will be easy to continue this summer and beyond.
My resolution for June is a little less concrete. I want to try to control less. I easily fall into the trap of thinking that if I worry enough about something I can somehow change or manage the outcome. It plays out in small ways (hyper planned weekends that are fun but not adventurous or surprising in any way) and in big ways (lots of stress about major life decisions). I leave very little room for chance, serendipity, whatever you want to call it, and I think that’s too bad. So in June I’m going to make a concerted effort to let go a little bit.
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- cassieirwin said: It’s a tough balance but I think it sounds like you get an A! We have to be able to live our lives while caring for the environment. (For example, I really wish I had my a.c. window unit over Mem Day weekend - ugh. I’d totally have used it.)
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