Imagine that you buy your young child a house. You plan to live there with them while they grow up, but ultimately, it’ll be all for them later. You take your child through the rooms, showing off all of the features. This is all for you son. This is all for you daughter. Look at that spare bedroom where you can work on your hobbies. The kitchen is great for entertaining. There’s plenty of yard space to run around. Maybe there’s a dog in your future. I’ll just be here with you for a while. It may seem like a long while, but I promise you, it’ll fly by and before you know it, you’ll have this place all to yourself. Isn’t it beautiful? Don’t you love it?
Imagine that child’s face lighting up with amazement. Imagine eyes filled with wonder and pride. Imagine your joy at seeing their joy.
Imagine a few months pass. The new paint smell is wearing off and you’re tired. You stop cleaning out the gutters; you’re leaving crumbs scattered about; you spill a drink and you leave it there; repairs need to be made, but you don’t really feel like it. Maybe later, you say. It’s not so bad, you say. It’s still livable, after all.
Imagine your child becoming increasingly worried. Imagine that everyday you complain about the leaky roof and the broken door hinge and the weeds in the garden. Or imagine that you never say a word about these issues at all. Either way, you do nothing about the pressing problems. Sure, you wipe down the countertops and sweep the floor, but there’s termites and you just can’t be bothered with that.
Imagine that it’s time for you to go. It’s your child’s place now. It’s a disaster. Naturally. It’s all his to fix. It’s up to her to repair everything. Sure, it wasn’t a new house when you moved in, but it was perfect– great bones, full of beauty, perfect location. Now it’s a burden and a cause of endless worrying. Your son, your daughter, loves this home but can’t understand why you’ve let this happen. Where did your pride go, he wonders.
He’s desperate now. Everything is falling apart. He fixes one thing and another thing falls apart. He asks friends for help, but they are busy; he keeps asking anyway because he can’t do it alone and it means something to him. Imagine that this once beautiful home becomes a burden to your child. Imagine that conditions have gotten so bad that they feel overwhelmed everyday. This home is your legacy and they want to keep it, maybe one day give it to their children. Imagine that they lay in bed at night staring at the ceiling thinking of solutions. They can’t understand why you didn’t do your part to care for this gift, this perfect home.
Imagine that this home is our planet. Realize that this home is earth. Are you the parent or the child?
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My name is Lyz-Stephanie and I want to inspire you to live a more interesting, fulfilling and beautiful life. Think of me as your well-being and happiness guide. I know that things aren’t always easy. Life doesn’t drop dreams into our laps, but every day we can do something to make our lives happier and richer, make our minds more active and engaged. I’m on the journey. Will you join me?