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Monday, May 30th, 2016


scribblinaway replied to your post “Okay, self.”

you CAN do this!!!

Thank you for the vote of confidence! And you were right! I did it!

replied to your post “I did it!”

That sounds super interesting. Fun fact: my latest obsession is researching sea level rise for the general plan update process I’m currently involved in.

The show was indeed super interesting. I think the other thing about being in nature is that it makes us (or me, anyway) more patient. So even though the pace of the dancing/choreography was slow, and maybe a bit repetitive, that felt right for the setting and I didn’t get bored or impatient with it or feel that something more should have happened. It was sort of meditative.

Wow, that must be pretty depressing research, but important for long-term planning. 

You know, it’s not really depressing. Or at least, not unrelievedly so.

There’s definitely a stages-of-grief thing that comes with learning about climate change, as there is with learning about lots of other awful human fuckwittery. Because on some level, yes, it’s about things that are beautiful and precious being lost, and our descendants inheriting an impoverished world, and that’s legitimately sad-making.

I’m unwilling to deal with the issue by denying its existence, though I can understand the appeal. Getting angry has a place, and trying to craft bargains, and yeah, depression.

But there’s also acceptance, and a kind of hope. I didn’t choose to live my life during this time, but I can make meaningful choices about how I live it. I can choose to be an honest witness. I can educate myself and try to educate others, working with my neighbors to make choices that will strengthen our community.

It’s not all about fighting some big fight. There’s a point where acceptance means not pretending you can avert the inevitable, but instead that you’re going to make the most of the time you have.

You went to a marsh and watched people dance while the tide rolled in. A bunch of talented people used the Internet to collect money to make a dream of theirs come true during 10 days in a rented mansion. I can walk outside and listen to the birds.

There very much are things to be done. And doing something, even if it’s only a small something, can be a powerful antidote to depression. Add your light to the sum of light, like Billy Kwan.

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