So, this week’s blog is going to be a little different. This week was full of many changes in my personal life and although I have avoided talking about myself here I felt the need this week to share the huge steps I’ve taken. Earlier this week, I moved away from home to begin my studies as an International Relations/Arabic major. In the past few months it has really hit me just how much I’ve accomplished over 13 years, 2,340 days, and approximately 116,380 hours. I’ve also been hit with waves of excitement and anxiety. Time sped up and suddenly I was there- in my dorm, alone.
Today, I returned home, also alone. My beloved pet entered the final stage of kidney failure and I was left to choose my next course of action from atop my XL-twin bed in a color coordinated room, with my next door neighbors blasting Katy Perry. Ah, college. This week, I grew up; I made hard choices for myself, by myself. And you know what? That’s how the world works.
Now I’m sure you, dear reader, are wondering what the heck this has to do with environment. Let me explain- I made tough choices throughout the college application and acceptance process; I had hoped that those choices would mean an easier transition into college itself. However, life threw me a curveball. When it comes to environmental issues, the same thing often occurs. Many people believe that once once environmental issue is tackled, the rest will be easy to conquer. This is simply not the case. Obstacles are uniquely challenging- while one can gain you access to the next step and may provide you with the proper tools to approach it, it can not and will not make it easier. Sometimes you get a phone call from your mom that you need to leave only a few days after you’ve arrived; sometimes a tanker spills oil into the Atlantic. We can only prepare for and tackle so much. So, remember that there are many parallels between our lives and the way we think about the environment.