Recently I was selected to join a group called The Sunshine Club. It is a space dedicated to positivity, self-love and equality, despite what challenges the universe may throw us. As silly as it may seem, I love taking the time to look for the good in things (or, as Pollyanna calls it, The Glad Game), for taking selfies and appreciating my friends and my beauty, and just for sharing a bit more love in the world.
This group was initiated by the lovely Prim, a teenager from the Philippines with a dazzling smile and a penchant for dogs and other soft, cute things. Although the group is only just starting, everyone’s positivity and love for each other and the world is so present and overwhelmingly inspiring.
I feel like we can move mountains.
It might sound weird and/or sad, but there’s something so comforting about talking to other kids of alcoholics.
In a culture where it’s so normal to drink to forget, get completely wasted for fun, or even just have a few alcoholic beverages after work to unwind, it’s reassuring and validating to meet others who get agitated around those (especially loved ones) who drink, and who feel that intense fear when those people slur and sway as they slip from tipsy to drunk. You can’t tell whether they’re going to keep to themselves and become dazed and sleepy, or if they’re going to turn on you, with their disorientation making them link together your faults, and confuse real events with what they make up.
You can connect with these other kids as you recall nights of walking on egg shells around your parent(s), staying up late in your room until you’re certain they’re asleep, worried they’ll barge in, drag you out of bed and start yelling at you.
I’m not denying that alcohol can be fun for some, but it is a drug. It shouldn’t be so normalised.
For those who have had similar experiences to what I have, or simply don’t like drinking, enjoy your tea/water/juice/whatever non-alcoholic beverages you love, appreciate the fact that you can get hyped about life or connect with friends without being intoxicated, and be grateful that rarely will late-night clubbing be your scene, and you can spend your weekend evenings nice and relaxed in the comfort of your own home.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and is a time for appreciating the beauty of our Earth and how it supports us, but also, more importantly, how we have been destroying the planet and need to do all that we can to reverse this damage.
The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.
Ways to help the Earth
- Eat less (or, preferably, no) animal products – approximately 4800 gallons of water are needed to produce 1kg of meat. Similarly, 1 gallon of milk uses 144 gallons of water. The animal agriculture industry causes deforestation (much of the Amazon is gone as a result), pollution, and emits a greater amount of greenhouse gases than our transport systems.
- Recycle and compost.
- Drive less – If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year.
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them.