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Year 3, Month 3 Results: 8.6 oz of plastic waste
Posted By Beth Terry On September 16, 2009 @ 10:58 am In Personal Musings,Weekly Results 2009 | 14 Comments
It’s been another month already. Life is just flying by. And I haven’t had a drink in two days. Now, before getting into this month’s tally, I just want to clarify something I wrote on Monday. Many readers took exception to this statement:
Alcohol helps to quell the fear of unpunctuated silence , the endless possibilities of what could be if I sat with my feelings instead of trying to push them aside. Wine especially is so damned tasty and enjoyable and helps me forget what a loser I am.
Contrary to MonkeyJen’s assertion  that I am clever because by writing that I am a loser, I got all of you to write and tell me I’m not, I wasn’t fishing for compliments or even reassurance. The fact is that I have an addiction problem. There, I said it. And part of addiction is feeling like crap. Feeling like you are nothing without your crutch and then feeling like you are even worse because of your crutch. And then fearing that if people knew what you were really like outside of your public persona, they would see right through you and realize what a big old fraud and loser you are.
Please don’t write that I’m not a loser! I know that. And please also don’t tell me I’m too hard on myself. I’m not trying to be hard on myself but just to see things as clearly as possible. Look, it’s pretty easy for me to live without plastic… or with very little of it, anyway. Getting to this point has been mostly enjoyable, in fact. But living without overconsuming food and alcohol? Not so much. When “Anonymous”  commented on my baby chick post that “Being vegan is so much easier than being completely plastic free,” it really touched a nerve because for me, it really really isn’t. We all have things that come easy to us and things that are hard. One of the points of this blog is that we are all human and struggling with something. And still, we have to do the best we can.
So anyway, I’m not special. No more so than anyone else. I’m here stumbling along like the rest of you. Meditation helps. Walks in nature help, as does riding my bike, when I can get myself off my desk chair to go out and do it. Singing really, really helps. And slowing down to savor life is a must. My point Monday was just that it’s not easy, and looking closely at the places where it’s not easy can help us learn what it is about ourselves that not only keeps us trapped in our unhealthy habits but is also helping to wreck the planet.
Okay, rant over, such as it was. Here is my plastic tally for Month 3 of Year 3. Plastic used up this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
New plastic waste:
There’s a ton of stuff happening in the world of plastic pollution this month. Come back tomorrow for a list of activities and ways you can get involved. I’ll be Julie McCoy, your cruise director.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeplasticfish/3925957297/
 fear of unpunctuated silence: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/07/fear-of-unpunctuated-silence-or/
 MonkeyJen’s assertion: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/09/wheres-that-money-i-left-lying-around/?hubRefSrc=permalink#lf_comment=23827525
 “Anonymous”: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/09/male-chicks-macerated-for-our-eggs-but/?hubRefSrc=permalink#lf_comment=23827585
 RobJ: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/08/year-3-month-2-results-34-oz-of-plastic/comment-page-1/#comment-7053
 LisaNW: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/08/year-3-month-2-results-34-oz-of-plastic/comment-page-1/#comment-7052
 last month’s tally: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/08/year-3-month-2-results-34-oz-of-plastic/
 Find out what envelope windows are made from.: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/04/year-2-week-42-results-05-oz-of-plastic/
 All about our homemade cat food.: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/10/less-impact-cats-eat-homemade-food/
 The cat litter saga.: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/11/saying-good-bye-to-plastic-free-cat/
 About recycling plastic gift cards: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/03/plastic-gift-cards-re-use-recycle-speak/
 What is Tyvek?: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/10/recycling-tyvek-another-small-way-to/
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