If you’re reading this, you’re probably a family member or a friend. Or a friend of a friend. Or maybe you’re in the entirely wrong place, because “Save Just Three” sounds like some sort of secret way to triple your portfolio on by saving just $3 a day. Or maybe if we’re really lucky, you Googled something along the lines of: self sustainability, green living, eco geeks or the like.
This blog is mostly about the latter.
It is upon our deepest beliefs that something is severely wrong with the way we as humans live our lives. The food system is corrupt. The government agencies & elected officials oathed to protect us are helping big corporations. Fossil fuels are disappearing at an alarming rate. Medical care costs are skyrocketing as more people are being diagnosed with cancers, type 2 diabetes, heart disease. Rainforests? Vanishing. Wild life? Extinction. Ocean? Pollution. Values? Irrelevant anymore.
In the not so distant past, we ate fast food without caring what was in it or where it came from. We bought anything we wanted regardless if we had the money right then to pay for it or in what country it orgined. We filled up the gas tank when it was empty without giving it a second thought (and no matter how cheap gas was — still complained how expensive it was). We lived in our naive happy little world that everything was “okay” & we were “happy”.
It wasn’t until the economic collapse hit full swing when Brian (28) was potentially facing a layoff. We did what every family has been forced to do. We cut back. We held our heads low in shame, applying in the WIC office and then the DSHS office for food stamps. Hey, man. Don’t judge. We did what we had to to feed our kids (ages 3 & 1). Danny (27) began reading couponing blogs. She learned the art of the clipping, raking in hundreds of dollars of shelf stable foods & toiletries for 50% of the cost. Were we saved? Not quite.
Being poor, you get a lot of time on your hands that you need to fill with cheap or free activities: surfing the web, visiting the library which leads to reading books and borrowing movies you otherwise wouldn’t see in a theater, going for walks and just getting lost in thought.
And that’s what happened. Ideas were planted that have blossomed to this: a complete eco-revamping of our lives from suburbian Happy-Meal-raised, Joneses-chasers to sustainability-passionate, back-to-our-roots living… without an ounce of knowledge how to do that.
“Why Save Just Three?”
“I came here to save my wife and my two children and… seven billion lives… it’s too much. I just hope I’m smart enough and brave enough to save three.” ~ The Core (2003)
You can’t save the world. We aren’t contestants at the Miss America pageant. You can wish for world peace all you like, but there’s a saying about being the change you want to see in the world that isn’t behing upheld by a good chunk of the population. There’s a stigma that a single person, one’s small actions can’t change anything. The problem is too big for an individual’s efforts worthwhile for any tangile results.
But what if you just tried to save yourself? Or you and your best friend? Your spouse and your kids?
Would saving just three make your efforts worthwhile?