Monday, February 25, 2013

Visions

Inspector Climate and I talk a lot about politics, and luckily we agree and lean on the same side of the fence. The other day we were talking about politicians and how they speak. I think regardless on your political leanings, we can all agree that Obama is an inspired speaker and he has a vision. Whether you believe in it or you think he can achieve it or whatever it's there.

One of my biggest beefs with the opposition leader in Australia (besides nearly everything) is that he doesn't have a vision. He has a whole list of things that he opposes (he takes his title of opposition leader literally) but I have no idea what he is for.

I'm guilty of the same thing, sometimes it's easy to say what you don't want rather than what you do want.

So here is my vision (well my vision for me...I mean my vision for the world is peace, education, sustainability, and health...you know, the usual).

I want to use social media and writing to engage people on climate change. And not just people who are already aware and familiar, but people who aren't.

I want to move out of the city and start growing my own food by the time I'm 30 - at least be planning the move.

I want to live by example, slowly using less plastic, using/reusing more and more of everything, buying more and more organic items and creating space to step away from buying 'a thing' because they're cheap and buying things because they are needed and they didn't hurt anyone in production.

I've still got a long way to go. My vision can't be accomplished in the next month or the next three years. But that's why it's a vision and I'll keep working on it.

31 comments:

  1. I think your vision is pretty gosh darn wonderful and, what's more, totally achievable which: YAY!

    Also?

    Tony Abbott sucks donkey's balls.

    THERE, I SAID IT!

    ALSO-also? "Opposition Leader" is the lamest sounding political position title OF EVER.

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  2. UGH, TONY ABBOTT. A couple of years ago, the Coles own brand came out with these lollies that were called Fruity Monkeys or something. They were completely delicious, but they looked unfortunately like Tony Abbott because they had enormous ears. There's a possibility that a friend of mine made Election Cupcakes (in red, blue and green, obviously) and put the monkeys on the Liberal ones. GENIUS.

    And good on you for having a vision. My vision for the future is pretty much "Still be breathing??", so hurrah to coming up with a vision that is not only excellent, but achievable!

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  3. Hi Diedre,

    This is such a great post, I think it's really important to be thinking about the big picture things and more long term goals, I love the idea of growing your own food, I'm working on doing that on a smaller scale (herbs, tomatoes etc.) it's a work in progress...

    Thanks so much for popping over to my blog, I'm really enjoying reading yours!

    Zoe xx

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  4. That is wonderful! I love the idea of living as an example and be source of inspiration for other people! Since I am more aware of what I buy and especially what I eat, I feel so much better. I also cannot resist in picking up plastic and other litter if I see some laying around in the nature. I just can't. I also look that I buy organic products as much as possible. Within the last year my consciousness towards nature and the environment has changed so much and I am feeling so good about it. I am not sure whether I'd go planting my own food, but I defo like the idea!

    Lovely post, thank you so much!

    Svenja

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  5. awesome! I love your vision. Especially growing your own food. I would LOVE to do that too- need to get on it.

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  6. I love your vision. i cnt imajin people in the city growing their own food. Im xur no one will be hungry.

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  7. And that is a good vision to have.

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  8. That's an inspiring and great goal, Deidre. I agree that there's so much more impact with living by example. We were so inspired during a vacation with the in-laws how they were recycling everything, making compost,conserving water implementing solar energy in the house, and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables for their own consumption, raising their own chickens for eggs, that we started following by segregating and recycling and trying to avoid the use of plastic whenever we could. We started planting our own vegetables in the desert last year and we're trying to grow more.

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  9. Well put, it's always so much easier to pinpoint the things you don't like and way harder to really put beliefs out there!

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  10. I love that idea! When I was a kid my parents had such a huge garden and I could find anything there. Salad, vegetables, fruits. It is so awesome to go outside and get the stuff you want to eat. I want to have that again! Plus there are so many other things that I want to start with or already do. I always take my own bags when I go grocery shopping. The amount of plastic bags used in American grocery stores drives me crazy!

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  11. A woman on a mission with a vision. Love it!

    While in Oz, I remember being told that the opposition leader's role was to oppose the other party. I asked someone, "Even when it's a great idea that everyone would truly benefit from?!" and was told YES. I know the two main parties in the US are usually at odds, but Australia's system definitely seemed different!

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  12. You have a good vision. Like you say, its always good to have a vision, and I guess I've never even thought about mine.. I'm going to try and work on my own now!

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  13. I love that you have a vision and your ambition to see to it!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. Love your vision!
    I think you're right. Lots of people put too much focus and energy into what they don't want...but they never say what they do want!

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  15. You've probably already read it, but have you heard of Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, by Eric Brende? That book totally made me want to unplug and go live someplace where I could be totally self-sufficient.

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  16. Sounds like you have a much clearer vision than he does, and that's a step in the right direction!

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  17. Your vision and goals are fantastic. and, what better way than leading by example!

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  18. Your vision is really incredible, and I am looking forward to reading more!

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  19. To Heather, who commented above. Australian Parliament does actually pass a lot of legislation that's supported by both sides; it's just that generally only the contentious stuff makes it to the news.

    And for you, Deidre, your vision is impressive and makes me realise I don't have a vision of my own. Something to think about...

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  20. I love your visions! I know you will make them happen. =)

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  21. I'm pretty good at setting short term goals for myself but sometimes I lose sight of the big picture. Good luck chasing your own!

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  22. Your visions are very inspiring, and I only wish more people shared them.

    As others have said, your post made me think about my own (or lack thereof) visions.

    It's easy to forget the bigger picture when you are caught up in the details of every day life...

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  23. That is a very worthy vision and not always easy to achieve. I just saw that in Australia they are very good about buying Australian products. Change takes time.

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  24. Your vision is inspiring. I will make it my vision too, thank you. Words are powerful :)

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  25. An inspiring vision. I have been trying to not use plastic bags when shopping but nothing as big as yours. I hope they come true. Good luck :)

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  26. Love it! Love that you took the time to decide your vision--and I love your vision. :)

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  27. this is great. growing your own food would be amazing!

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  28. I'm afraid our Canadian politics are not quite as engaging as the US. I do love to watch Obama speak!

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  29. Growing your own food sounds like a great idea!

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  30. So true--knowing what you don't want is easier than knowing what you want.

    Your plan sounds wonderful.

    Sometimes just stating things aloud or on paper opens the door.

    www.GirlwithaNewLife2.com

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