way back in 2006, a man named colin beavan decided to see what it would be like to try to live without making an impact on the planet. he embarked on a year long project with his skeptical but willing wife and toddler daughter. in 2006, i was at the beginning of my journey toward awareness of the impact my family was making on the planet as well. i heard about colin's project + began to follow along with his blog.
in the years to come colin released a book about his experiences and a documentary was made. some said that he was just out to make a dime...he is a writer. i found the experiment incredibly inspiring. they went further than i was looking to go (no toilet paper or electricity), but i love this sort of documentation. i want to see the extremes that are possible. i want to see (and read about) tammy's teeny, tiny house, and bea's single jar of waste, and leo's one bag. i want my mind to be stretched. i want to be challenged.
so when i saw this movie at the library, i was eager to watch it again. it made me laugh out loud and it made me think. i'm at a different point in my journey now, and i relate to the struggles in a different way. i see the futility in some efforts and also the immense value in the fight. i love to be inspired. i love to learn. and i am loving the journey, the exploration, the fight, the discoveries and rewards that come with the effort.
thank you colin and tammy and bea and leo...and many more... for all of the sharing and inspiration and knowledge you've shared along your journeys. you are amazing human beings and i appreciate you!
p.s. i mentioned colin beavan's new book a few weeks ago...another inspiring read!