I have come to realize I am more often overwhelmed with negative thoughts, than positive ones. Whether it be school work, societal issues or the dooming concept of environmental degradation. The idea of hope has become lost within my mind, as I stumble to replace my worries with realistic and viable solutions…
This is a struggle that I face daily. As my generation becomes stereotyped for its apathetic tendencies, and the society in which I live considers climate change to be an issue acceptable of ignorance. Far too many people preach about social injustices, without truly living the values they claim to associate themselves with. Far too often do I encounter people with concerns and inquiries surrounding the system, but who never take the initiative and act. Worse yet, I find people who are unwilling to aid in a cause without feeling praised, respected or acknowledged for their work. We are so caught up in our own personal successes that we have neglected to acknowledge our one united responsibility; to conserve and protect the natural world that gives us so much.
Whilst reflecting on environmental science and policy in my University classes, I find myself sinking deeper into a depressant state of hopelessness. Therefore, I am writing this blog. To acknowledge that hope isn’t always fluid, and that many of us fighting for change and the betterment of our world, can feel helpless and pessimistic at times. This isn’t to say we give up. This isn’t to say; we are failing ourselves. This is merely a side effect of fuelling our lives with endless passion, and it’s a sign that we need some inspiration.
Try this exercise:
Take a deep breath, let in a wholesome dose of much needed air. Now let it out, slowly. Let out all the worry filled tension that is carried within those strong, courageous lungs. Repeat this step. As you breathe, feel your feet become one with the ground below them. Picture your toes stemming roots, that plant deeply into the earth that holds you. Allow your body to be at peace with its surroundings and protect your mind from any opposing forces of enlightenment. This is the moment; the moment in which you can learn and grow your understanding of activism and change. It starts with you; your wellness and internal forces guide you through the journey of positive influence. This means that the way you breathe, ground yourself and initiate your mind all lead to your overall success.
This exercise may have seemed strange, but having an overall understanding of the system in which you live, think and move is vital in creating change. The idea of activism is one that is birthed from self-esteem, confidence and a passion-fueled fire inside. Allow your body to ignite, and give it the energy needed to stay alive. When a large gust of negativity blows out your flame, don’t stand alone and feel fear for the dark. Use the natural elements around your system to give life to new ideas, stronger passions and learned hope. Stay strong, remember you are not alone and acknowledge that your weakness doesn’t determine your overall success.
“The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.” – Ian Somerhalder