Friday, June 6, 2008

just wanted to say thanks...

CFL lightbulbs…tires properly inflated…bamboo cutting boards…turn down the water heater…blah blah blah blah blah.

This is what my mind was hearing several months ago when I first realized I really wasn’t living a very sustainable lifestyle. I scoured the internet, searching for any tips and tricks to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle more bearable. I got so bored, that I almost decided that I had two choices: sell my house and all of my belongings, kiss my family and friends goodbye, and live inside of a hollowed out log in the forest, or resign myself to the fact that that’s just the way it is for people like me in this country.

Then I stumbled upon a blog that gave me reason to keep on going…horrifyingly enough, the post that pulled me back in was entitled All Natural Bush – it was a piece all about hair dye for “down there” – it, sadly enough, was what made me realize, like a smack in the face, that our society is compulsively drawn to buying crap…no matter what the product is designed for, you can find a market for it in this consumer culture.

I signed up for the Buy Nothing Challenge just a few days later, and it was a wonderful learning experience. Even more importantly, I was able to tap into a community of people who were struggling with similar issues, and dealing with them all with humor and grace, and without the holier than thou attitude I found so off-putting.

I learned the value of community – had I not been able to witness the successes and shortcomings of others undertaking the same challenges, I would have thrown in the towel.

Had I not been able to laugh and chuckle with others, and at myself, I would have found no joy in the process.

So instead of giving up on this adventure of going green, I find myself constantly looking for new challenges and ways to improve myself and the world around me. I’ve tapped into a network of likeminded individuals. And I’ve seen the bar set for what I’d like my blog to be.

Crunchy has recently been discussing taking a break from blogging...for reasons I would fully understand - but I hope she carries on. Whether or not Crunchy Chicken continues blogging for another week, six months, or years to come, I’m grateful for the thought-provoking and insight that’s been provided – thank you! You are an original!

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Green Bean said...

I completely had the same feeling when I stumbled on Crunchy's blog. She was building a little community there - we could all cut back together, all share new discoveries with one another. It's fitting that we celebrate her and all her crunchiness!

Green Teen said...

Hi, thanks for commenting! Your tips sound really good! Nice blog you have here...

~Green Teen