I was thinking today about all of the changes that I have made in my Zero Waste journey and reflecting on just how difficult it was to let go of some of my previous habits. Particularly for me, brands or types of products that I used to use.
Of course, now, my reusable pads and my minimalist work desk are things that I cherish and treasure and I wonder what I ever did without them, but back then, the idea of changing my menstrual routine or paring down my nicknacks and trinkets that represented “me” was a scary, difficult thing for someone as stubborn as I am.
I even remember at the beginning of this journey thinking “I am going to reduce my waste, but I’m not going to stop driving, and I am not going to go vegan, and I won’t change my lifestyle to be in this movement.” While young me thought that I was standing my ground and drawing a line in the sand so I wouldn’t lose who I am; but what I was actually doing was drawing a line underneath my opportunity to grow and change and try new things.
While I am still not vegan, and I haven’t given up my car completely, I no longer fight the idea that this might be path that I am on. I did give up my menstrual routine for a reusable one, and I am cleaner and more comfortable than I have ever been. I did let go of my trinkets and nicknacks and I am less anxious and more mentally clear than any other point in my life.
I am so proud of how far I have come, but what I have taken out of this experience so far is to not decide what you aren’t going to do – decide what you are going to do and see where that takes you. One day I might be a completely different person to who I am now, and who knows where that will take me – but I am excited to find out.