Lately, I have been putting a lot of thought into the two words love and green. I have been in love myself for 7 years, since I was a freshman in high school. His name is Austin. =) Anyways, I understand now after all this time, that you cannot love another human, without loving yourself first. You have to love who you are, love your body, your mind, your spirit. All these things make up who you are. Once you acheieve the love for yourself, love for another comes naturally. Its all about positive thinking in life. If you think positive more then negative in your day, you will find yourself happier, more motivated, kinder to others, and more likely to change the world. I read a quote once that said,
” Those who say they can’t change the world but they can make a difference, will make a difference. Those who say they can change the world, will change the world. ” -anonymous
I believe that the whole green movement, is important yes. BUT the whole global warming crisis mixed with the US recession, they put in our brains through tv, internet, you name it. It makes us feel afraid that the earth is melting like a giant ice cube. We are forgetting that at one time before dinosaurs the planet was a massive fireball. Nonetheless, what REALLY is important is the things we do in our lifestyle. I admit myself, I am not perfect, I take long showers, don’t always recycle, have produced carbon dioxide from my car, the list goes on. The other day I realized, that all it would take is a couple lifestyle changes a day to make my life greener. Not saying I can fix all these things in one day, but maybe if my mindframe changed, I could begin the process of helping the earth and humans, but more directly myself. Just the thinking of positive ways to enhance my green life can change the way I think about alot of things. It will definently motivate me to do things in my life that I am afraid of doing, because I believe I cannot do it.
The key to green is to believe you can do it.
Just telling yourself ” I can do it” can make your mind change about your situation. For instance in my life I am going through a major career change. I was a gymnastics coach, I quit that a year ago to pursure a pharmacy technician career. I studied the books at home without any school and went and took the National Test. I passed!! Now I am state certified in California, but looking for a job that will hire me with no experience. At days I feel like theres no hope, and others I feel like my fear has vanished, since I studied the books at home learning countless hours of math and pharmacy terms without a teacher, I know in my heart, the hardest part of this career change is over. The continuous interviews, and stopping into pharmacies 4-5 times a month can be seen as intimidating, and believe me, it is. The part of learning how to be a career persuer is believing in myself. If I keep trying I know I will land it. In fact, Im positive it will happen.
So back to the green stuff. I know this post is long, and my others will not be, but this is important to me. I am positive that spreading the word about the real green issues is vital for us as humans beings to change the earth, and to respect that the earth gives us food, water, shelter, and life. The real green issues lies in our homes, and our brains. We rely on technology these days to help us live, we create so much trash everyday, we use harmful chemicals to clean our home, around our kids and pets. All these things cannot be fixed or illiminated completely, but they can be changed. I would start with something very simple. Collect your cans and botttles and recycle once a month. Maybe switch all your cleaning products, or most of them to organic products. A really important one is to constantly teach your children the importance of the earth. Teach them how to plant seeds and care for them everyday, teach them why water is important, and why we must keep it clean. Teach them, and learn yourself, ways to improve your thinking. Teach them positive and negative. If you are stressed everyday and take it out on them, learn to not. They will grow up and learn how to treat their children, and how to teach them. Trust me, even if your 80 years old, there is still something to learn. You are never too old to change your way of thinking, your lifestyle, or your learning capabilites. Believe in yourself. And I know that is the core to the definition to green. After thinking of all this, I went and painted a green painting. It is the picture at the top of the page. I had faith in myself, and I did it. You can do anything you put your mind to, so get out there! Make a change.