Walking down the street earlier this year I passed by a pile of household garbage; chairs, a mattress, a broken shelf and a few more things. This got me wondering what the county did with bulk collection. I called waste management to ask later that day, the lady on the other end of the phone proceeded to tell me ” well its garbage, it gets broken down and added to the trash.”
The idea that the big stuff, which maybe was just a little worn and in need of repair, was going to the dump really didn’t sit well with me. But like many people I pushed this idea from my mind and let my busy schedule rule my life. Over the next few months every time I saw something on the curb waiting for pickup I was reminded of what the women said to me.
This is what started me thinking about trash and how we treat our community. We are willing as a society to allow these goods to go to the landfill rather that give them to people in need, or reuse what we have instead of buying new stuff. Little did I know the seed was planted within me, and had really begun to grow till eventually I got the crazy idea that maybe I could do something to help my community realize what we are doing or at least inspire them to take a look at what they can do to make a difference in their life’s and community.
Inspiring others is a big deal, it’s difficult to do honestly. I began wondering if I could be someone inspirational? Taking a real hard look at myself I recognized I didn’t like everything I saw. I treated myself like a dump, eating poor quality food, drinking soda and using products with all sorts of chemicals. Repulsed by what I was doing to myself I started to change immediately; eating better, working out consistently, worked on being more organized, and I threw out all the harsh chemicals I was using on myself, my house, my laundry, and my yard replacing them with more natural products. I started collecting items on the side of the road and giving them new life and selling them at reasonable costs. I also took in a large truck load of discarded pallets headed for the dump and began building things out of them.
This revolution, my revolution to be a better person for myself, my family, my community and my world has officially begun.
My ultimate goal is to inspire others to treat themselves and their community with more respect through living a more thoughtful life. Giving thought to our lifestyle choices, personal care, community involvement, and what we do with our garbage. I will be showing you how to be a more organized person making, how to make healthy choices for yourself and family, how to create new things from old discarded furniture, and how to impact your community for the better. But first things first before we can change the world we must first change ourselves.
“The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.”
― Hugh MacLeod