It’s a slippery slope.
Once you find yourself going down the what’s-good-for-the-planet train of thought, you find that there is no easy stopping point.
- Well, if I care about waste from k-cups, why don’t I care about the waste from that bag of shredded cheese?
- Look at all this packaged crap…
- How much trash have I created in my 30 years?
- Maybe the only way to stop it completely is start “swimmin’ with the fishes”.
Man, that slope was slippery! Completely lost my footing and everything. How embarrassing.
All my roads of thought, if I stay on them long enough, seem to lead to me hurling myself into a ravine to be eaten by scavengers, vultures, and bugs that crave a taste. (A conversation my husband is not comfortable discussing.)
Don’t get me wrong; I am not suicidal. But, how can you “hug trees” but stop yourself from obsessing to the point of worry, lost sleep, guilt, and eventual ending it all? Moms are given enough guilt trips over parenting choices; I don’t want to have eco-guilt trips, too!
Or we have the other (much more common) end of the spectrum; how do you keep yourself from deciding that making changes in your life is not going to produce a big impact anyway, so you might as well give up trying?
How does someone find the balance? Where do you comfortably draw the line?
I may have been a little rash with my coffee post yesterday (something about the look on my husband’s face upon reading it told me so.) Giving up coffee seemed like the only real solution to my dilemma. But, then I started looking around my life in other areas, and it seems harsh to pick on coffee this way, but not about other things. It’s like I was being prejudice to the coffee. Sorry, Joe.
Unless I plan to be vegan, eat only things grown locally with organic practices, walk/bike everywhere, and stop using electricity… but fat chance of living up to such high standards.
And, I’m kind of a picky eater. Eco-fail.
I don’t have a solution, yet. But, maybe by asking, the universe (or readers) will send me some answers.