Hobby For Depression
On the first day of class for my environmental studies degree, my professor says to all 250 of us: “Welcome to the most depressing field of study there is.” And he was right. The next year as I learned about deforestation, global warming, fracking, drilling, and more, I think I cried every time I stepped on a plant, felt guilty for breathing, and despite my low-iron count, I tried to turn vegan (though after passing out on a regular basis, I stubbornly went back to eating red meat, doctor’s orders).
There are a ton of things that humans are doing to destroy the Earth, and many are just from existing in the way many of us only know (i.e. driving, eating red meat, buying clothes that were shipped overseas, etc.). However, instead of getting ridiculously depressed about it and feeling helpless, there are ways to minimize our effect. Some are even really fun, such as growing our own non-GMO food, riding our bikes for transportation, and making out of recycled material. But, if you are already feel droll and cannot get out of the doldrums, do NOT watch an environmental documentary…. my goodness, that will only get you really low. Unfortunately, I was feeling the low of the low the other day and decided to watch some IMAX documentary about the Arctic. Holy crap! I was ready to throw myself off of a bridge halfway through it with the endless commentary about how terrible humans are, how we all are going to die, blah blah blah. My goodness, it was depressing…
Though it is important to learn more about how to reduce our impact on our beautiful home, it’s more important to be feeling good first. Next time I’m down, I need to go on a walk or eat some chocolate for the time being.