I have to warn you, this post will be random. For some reason, I fell really inspired today and it might be quite early in the morning when I write this article but I have already been lucky enough to find some inspiring stuff on the World Wide Web which made me think and reflect. And because sharing is caring, I would like to share with you my thoughts.
RANDOM-NOT-SO-RANDOM FACT #1
I was amazed at the sight of the new National Geographic front cover. It is literally mind blowing. Unless you live in another world, you must know that plastic pollution is one of the biggest –if not the biggest- issue our planet is facing today. In case you are not that aware, here are some facts about plastic pollution:
- Some 700 species of marine animals have been reported so far to have eaten or become entangled in plastic.
- More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans.
- Worldwide, 73 percent of beach litter is plastic: filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers.
- By 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic.
- As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste had been generated. Around 9 percent of that was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated, and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or environment.
- Around the world, nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute.
- So far, plastic has been found to be blocking the digestive tracts of at least 267 different species.
Source: National Geographic
And these are just a few facts. The big fact is that we all have to do something about that. Every little step is important. If you think it doesn’t affect it –which I don’t believe, you have to understand that the animals in the sea eat the plastic they find there. It kills them. And if it doesn’t kill them, you eat the plastic they ate when you eat them. Does it make sense? If you don’t eat fish, you are still concerned. 70% of our oxygen comes from marine plants so unless you think you can live without oxygen, you are concerned.
There are plenty of articles explaining in details the issue of plastic pollution and what we can do to reduce it. The easiest way we can all take action is by saying no to single use plastic. I know it seems to be a big issue –and it is, but we need to tackle it. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fishes in the ocean. In 32 years. If you’re in your 20’s now, you will only have lived one half of your life.
Do you really want to live the second half having to explain your children and grand-children why the ocean looks like garbage and not a paradise for animals? Do you want to live it not going to the beach anymore because it is so polluted you can’t lie down anywhere? Think of it for 2 minutes –it should not take long trust me, and you will realize that we are all concerned and as we are not supposed to be the last generations on Earth, our children will be concerned and so will be their children and the problem will be much bigger than now, trust me.
I would like to beg everyone on this planet to do something but for now, I just beg you. Please, take these small but big steps:
- Buy a reusable cup to avoid single use cups in your favorite coffee shop
- Say no to plastic cutlery at the take-away
- Say no to plastic straws in your drinks
- Try to buy vegetables which don’t have any packaging
- Always carry a tote back with you to say no to plastic bags in the shops
- Drink tap water or buy a filter carafe
- Pick up the plastic waste you find on the floor whether you are on the beach or in the woods
- Avoid micro beads in cosmetic products
These are small things everyone can do easily. Of course you can do more but if you start with this, it will be a big change already.
RANDOM-NOT-SO-RANDOM FACT #2
I read this morning an article by Mark Manson. I didn’t know him before and I feel like I have to read all his articles now. This one is titled “Fuck Yes or No”. It was published in 2013. I know it was ages ago. But it could not be more accurate. The theory in the article is that when you don’t feel like saying “Fuck Yes!” for something, then it means it’s a no. And even though the article is mainly about relationships, it also says that this law works for everything. And I think it is genius!
When you want to get involved in a relationship with someone, would you want to be chasing this person and feeling all the time like they don’t want to be with you? When you meet new friends, would you want to be the only one to follow-up and offer to do something? No. And it should be the same for everything you do, everyone you meet, every decision you take. If you don’t feel a big yes in your heart, your head and your gut then, you shouldn’t go for it.
And this article really reminded me that there is no need to chase people, and if they don’t stick next to you, then it means they’re not meant to. It sounds horrible I know but is there much waste of energy than chasing people who wouldn’t chase you? I don’t think so. So go read that article and reflect on your relations. We all deserve to be surrounded by people who love us and want us and if you attract people who can’t love you, sadly it may be because you don’t love yourself enough. If you feel like every time you meet someone, they’re not making any effort to be with you, chances are you need to reflect on yourself and make yourself ready for relationships. love yourself first!
On these nice words, I wrap up the first random-not-so-random post and it feels good to share fresh thoughts!
And remember, say no to straws! ◊