I think one of the biggest battles with changing to a greener lifestyle, or indeed any lifestyle change can be to change the mindset. It can be hard to remember all the do’s and don’t we apply to our desired lifestyle choices, particularly when first we make those changes. It’s hard as a smoker when you first quit to not automatically ask for the deck of smokes at the supermarket, or indeed to not grab them as you leave the house. Even now, over 6 years after quitting I still think “wallet, keys, smokes and phone” as I leave the house.
I find that despite trying to lead an environmentally responsible life I still automatically jump in the car when I head into town or anywhere, no matter how local. 😦 I’m naturally lazy so the idea of walking everywhere lacks appeal and yesterday, whilst making plans to attend a permaculture meet up in Ballan I was planning to drive. I amended that decision though when I realised that the address was MUCH closer than first I thought (800m) and also, Martin needed the car. I changed plans to head there by shanks pony.
Last night I said to Martin that every time I have a kid-free 5-minute errand to run I jump in the car and head off but almost always afterwards I wonder why I didn’t just jump on my bike. 😦 I have a bike thanks to a very kind friend so I really have no excuse.
Today, as I’m loading a plate of slice into my bag in preparation to head off to the meet up I had a very wild thought. Why not ride instead of walking! The thought carried great appeal so out came the bike and on went the helmet and off I went. I think it took me 3 minutes to get there! 😀 I was profoundly grateful for the bike helmet I was wearing too as I received my first ever magpie swoop (I swear I heard his/her wings whistle as she sailed overhead with a squawk)! Riding home was even faster with more downhill (the hills were pretty marginal really) and no cars when I crossed the main road. I consider it a great success and hope to remember to ride my bike more often.
Sure, there are times it won’t be practical due to time or weather but the reality is that when the oil decline reaches critical levels and the fuel simply isn’t there, bikes, horseback and shanks pony will be it! Changing the mentality now will make things a lot easier in times to come. 🙂
What lifestyle changes have you found difficult to implement or to remember?
Photos are again courtesy of morguefiles. 🙂