Living a green life isn't easy but there are some days that are so rewarding and you go to bed knowing that you made a difference. Then there are days like today where I stand in the grocery store with my produce free balling it in my cart to avoid using plastic bags and everything around me is in slow motion. Looking down and reading a label...what is in this again? Is it certified 100% organic? Is that a real certification or a fake made up certification? Glance up and I see no one around me in the organic aisle and I realize that I have been alone for awhile. I stood there with my mind going to mush as I tried to find the GMO free products I had on my list. Trying to rationalize in my head that having to spend $5.49 on a jar of GMO free pasta sauce is worth it. Why am I having to pay 400% more for pasta sauce just because it is free from GMO's? How will that ever encourage anyone to pick healthier and safer options of themselves and their families? Is this why I am alone in this aisle?
As I get to the checkout all I can hear around me is "Do you need plastic bags?" "Yes". I only heard 1 person say No. This is a hard pill to swallow. It makes me wonder if all the work I am doing to live lightly is making any impact at all. In just 1 hour today I saw at least 50 people counteracting the efforts we are making. I'm not giving up. I'm hopefully that the sacrifices, struggles, research and frustrations will make it easier for others to follow the same path. But on days like today I'm saddened that the people behind me in line smirked to one another at my produce rolling around plastic free on the checkout conveyor.
Do you have days like I did today? What gets you through?