105: Evelina Utterdahl, part 2: A Month With No Plastic!
Evelina said she’d avoid plastic for a month before she could think twice about it. Did she complain or back out? You’ll hear in this episode, but the big picture is that instead of giving up, she worked harder.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people who started from less and took on smaller projects, if anything. A lot of people talk. Evelina acted. She did a lot.
And what do you know? She enjoyed acting more than most people, who seem to prefer saying how helpless they are, despite the sorrow it seems to bring them.
Recall, she is a travel writer and chose not to fly. She’s already done more than nearly anyone. She takes personal responsibility for what she does. But hearing her speak, you don’t hear sadness or missing. I hear her creating joy, taking initiative, not waiting for others.
I think the root of her activity and joy is for doing the opposite of what most people do when they face not acting by their values. Most people delay acting by making a goal of “awareness” or “being more conscious,” as if reading front page headlines nearly weekly on predicted environmental disasters recurring. Anyone not living under a rock is “aware.”
Evelina differs because she acts. Her behavior sets her apart and replaces guilt with enthusiasm. She knows she’s aware enough to act. I’m not sure how many back-to-back once-a-century droughts or coral die-offs they need to know about to break their threshold for awareness.
All their delaying personal action with talk of ineffective vague awareness led me to see that behavior leads to more awareness than the other way around.
In our conversation, you’ll hear how people who are doing more than most sound. You won’t hear us complaining. It’s a delight talking to someone who acts and achieves.
Plus you’ll hear my punch-a-kid view that will get me in trouble one day.