I have a new pet peeve. I have never been an environmentalist or one to particularly go out of his way to save the environment but I have recently been annoyed whenever I see things being that are recyclable being thrown away. It started at the shopping center when I see people buy something really small and the person at the checkout bags it when the customer could easily have shoved it in their pockets. True it may be more convenient, but is it really necessary? At work I get a little annoyed when anything unnecessary is printed out because the next reaction is to typically throw that in the bin even when the back of it is unused. Although one thing I do like is the fact that the majority of wasted printouts are cut up to make little notepads for everybody to jot notes on which I am quite pleased about.

Projected consumption of natural resources

Projected consumption of natural resources

Which brings me the point of this post. According to the above image from New Scientist magazine, at the rate that we are consuming the earth, we will run out of raw materials for basic goods within our lifetime. Now that is a scary thought. It’s not a new idea, it is one which has been emphasized many times before but trivialized and ignored by the masses as sensationalist and scaremongering. But imagine that one day you are sitting at home and realize that your toothbrush has worn out. Well thats too bad because there is no more raw materials on earth to make another. Or you will be driving from petrol station to petrol station and run out of petrol before you realize that oil reserves have run dry! Or you have run out of copper to rewire your house and now you cannot receive electricity. Realistically we would probably have moved onto a better form of transmitting information and power (wireless power transmission anyone?) but the reality of it is that we will run out of some raw materials for everyday items and the majority of us will LIVE TO SEE IT HAPPEN.

I have thought before that it is up to the corporations to get the ball rolling with this recycling business, but right now they have no motivation to. For businesses it is all about where the money’s at, and the short of it is that it costs them money to implement environmentally sustainable production methodologies. Consumer demand is the only thing that we at the bottom of the ladder can shift. If we demand corporations to produce goods which are made from recycled materials then we can maybe push back this decline far enough so that we can find alternative ways to more efficiently recycle our waste. As the adage goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

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People say that you have to balance work and life so you get the most out of it. Too much work and you won’t live enough, too much life and you will not feel fulfilled and odds are you will also go broke! But I suppose that this simplistic look at career satisfaction vs life balance is on a either or basis; you EITHER work too hard, OR you live too much. This view assumes that people are happy with where they are in their career and life, and seeks to understand ways to achieve equilibrium.

But what if you are looking at the wrong scale? What if this work life balance does not measure anything that is relevant to you? I feel that if you have to balance your life and your work that you are probably living between a rock and a hard place. I prefer to look at this scale as measuring thing you WANT to achieve vs the things that get in your way. Life is not exclusive to work and vice versa; you are living life when you are going to work if I still haven’t convinced you. Everything that you want to achieve has an equivalent barrier to it, if you want anything at all in life you have to work for it, that is the general rule.

You may say that sometimes little things require so much effort to accomplish, but it is the effort that defines how valuable something is to you. This new scale I am talking about is always balanced regardless of what you believe otherwise! Sometimes the barriers in the way of your goals seem too high but the barrier is the measuring stick of your desire. I reckon if you cannot overcome that barrier then you just don’t want it enough or haven’t found the right way of approaching it. To get past a wall you might not always have to climb over it, sometimes you can get around it or break through.

It all depends on you.

For those of you who may have done my facebook quiz, if you don’t believe that I like writing poetry more than working on my car, let me explain a few things. Getting work done yourself on the car is a long and painful process which involves much blood sweat tears and handy friends to help you out. I quite physically bleed every time I do any major work on the car, for example wiring, installing headlights or speakers. To say that anybody actually enjoys that sort of thing is just silly, what I DO enjoy however is the reward of saving several hundred dollars worth of installation costs and the final product working well.

Writing poetry however is a more cathartic task which lets me say what I want to say in a creative manner. I say cathartic because it relieves a lot of tension because I can focus my energies on things I find beautiful and that relaxes me. I don’t write often but when I do it feels good and I want to perfect it as opposed to just having it work. I don’t want people to only READ what I write but also to UNDERSTAND and empathise or emote with what I try to say. As proof, here is something I wrote a while back and I hope you believe me now!

Mountain Flower

you are the mountain flower that
i couldn’t reach,
the persistent growth that flourished
upon that sheer cliff face-
you grew so beautifully in adversity
whilst i failed to be anything
but an admirer.

your surroundings are barren,
yet even so you would still stand out
amongst the flowers of the hanging garden-
as i am, i am only worthy of imagining
the gardens of kings, let alone claim
its most prized flower.

your life is a mystery to me,
shallow roots seem so fragile
yet they tether you to the precipice
of infinity;
your existence defies gravity,
reaching to the horizon like
a soul to heaven.

i am afraid to do more than observe
and take in your scent;
your strength frightens me and
seems to grow in the face of my jealousy-
oh i am so afraid,
because i am, if not much more
fragile than you.