Who are the closest people in your life? Have they joined you on the path of reshaping and rethinking environmental habits? Or no? We have to realize that those around us, even those close to us, are not obligated to live exactly as we do. Of course, we’d all like that, wouldn’t we?
Each of us come from an array of backgrounds and circumstances that shape who we are. Sometimes we can be a little ridged and stubborn (I’ve been there) and sometimes we are flexible and ready for a change. But if we encounter those who are not ready, that’s ok. Like a seed in the ground, you can’t will it to grow. It needs the right conditions to sprout. The best way to encourage those around us is to simply be ourselves confidently - water the seeds without shame or guilt.
This is my husband Zack (in the photo above). He’s kind, caring, thoughtful, and carries a good sense of openness about the world.
He’s reshaped a lot of his habits over the last few years. He’s shifted his diet to a plant-based one, reduced his waste (we take out our household trash bin once or twice a year now) and has tweezed out other environmental concepts he’s learned and has applied them into his life. Even with these changes, he still has different likes, needs, and habits than me and that’s ok!
Even if he didn’t make all those changes that’s ok too! All we can do is provide inspiration, guidance, and support when they need it. We want others to be all in or nothing and that’s not possible (for anyone). We have to remember that changes can take time and for those changes to be sustaining they need to come from a place of curiosity and authenticity.
How have you handled situations with those that have different ideas or habits than you?