This morning Melanie and I were discussing our No New Plastic Year over breakfast. During the discussion, I realized I’m not really passionate about a project about plastic. At least not in the way I’m passionate about things such as being with Melanie, connecting with people, travelling, living sustainably, writing, youth development, education, family dynamics, and making a positive impact in the world.
What has been driving me in this project so far is that it just feels like the right thing to do. It has been fun and is exciting. We both are so energized by our new project. In looking back over the last three days, I’ve realized that the project has been providing a means to many of my passions I just mentioned. On Day 1 we were able to share in two super-rich connections with people we would have not even started talking to had we not been doing our ‘plastic’ project. With our upcoming Discovery Field Trips, we’re going to be travelling, learning, and connecting with even more people. We certainly are taking some big steps towards living more sustainably and with my second blog post here, I’m definitely writing more and plan to do a lot more in the coming year. Best of all, I get to do it all with my love (Melanie)!
So far I’m not feeling passionate about our ‘plastic’ project, but for some reason I’m getting really excited about it. I think, because I sense Melanie and I will be able to make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing global dialogue about how plastic will and won’t be used in the future. Plus, we want to inspire as many others as possible to become educated on the issues and to join the conversation as well.
Reducing our purchases of non-essential new plastic, learning more about the true impact plastic has on our environment, and finding plastic alternatives, is something we have planned to do anyway. I’m excited that we get to do it with old and new friends from around the world.
Right now I’m passionate about learning and sharing, and truthfully as I’m finishing this article I think I’m starting to feel the initial inklings of passion towards a project about plastic. As I become more educated on the issues, I think I will become even more passionate. And if you are like me and don’t know a lot about plastic yet, I invite you to join us for this year of discovery. We’d love to have you along for the ride!
What are you passionate about and how can you use those passions to make a positive difference in the world, environmentally or otherwise? We’d love to hear from you, so join the conversation by leaving a comment.