Those who know me offline are well aware that I’m really not that into rules. Oftentimes, I feel like they are too suffocating for a variety of reasons – rules don’t take every possible circumstance into account, nor are they adaptable for a unique situation. Rules are tailor made for “textbook” cases, which almost nothing ever is (for me anyway). For instance, despite all financial advice to the contrary I had read and heard at the time, I went and took out a loan for a vehicle. You can read the whole story here, but needless to say, the rules that I was supposed to follow didnt take my situation into account – how could they, as they had no idea what my situation was.
This aversion to rules is pretty established because I feel like rules just cut too hard and can potentially cut in the wrong direction, and I much prefer a set of guidelines or boundaries. Guidelines are typically more flexible, and can offer room to maneuver where rules can not. For instance “spend less than you earn” is a nice guideline, but to enjoy you’re money you’re going to have to break that rule at some point (think taking a vacation). In an interest to continue to become more sustainable, I’ve been working on a series of guidelines for sustainability. They won’t include things like “Always buy local” or “Dont eat chicken unless you killed it yourself” because some people couldnt bring themselves to kill a chicken, and some dont have the extra money that local goods typically cost.
Instead, this will be a series of posts with very broad guidelines to help you live a more sustainable life – if that’s something you’re interested in. If not, that’s cool too. Hopefully, this series will help you look at some easy things you can to to become more sustainable, and not feel like you’re giving up anything fun in the process. There will be things about your home, your food, your work, reuse of materials, and everything in between.
If you’ve got anything specific you’re curious about, feel free to shoot me a question and I’ll be happy to look into it for you. The Tenets of Sustainability Series will be posted every wednesday for the next 10 Wednesdays – it would be awesome to have some excellent feedback from you readers (and lurkers)!
This is the first post in a multi post series on sustainability. Check back soon for more!