This post is part of the 21 Days to a Manlier Green series
Today, on your path towards a manlier green life, you’ll first work on finding your purpose (woman, this post applies to you too!) This is day zero, before the 21 Days to a Manlier Green even begins.
“I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.” – David Livingstone
I want you to go through all 21 Days to a Manlier Green. To keep up with it, however, you’re going to need a reason. An internal reason that makes you want to live a greener, manlier, better life.
We’ll see if we can start to find a reason – together. I’ll start by sharing my reason for 21 Days to a Manlier Green and this blog in general.
For me, I need to have a reason to do something. A reason to take action. Hell, some days I need a reason to get out of bed. The 21 Days to a Manlier Green program is series of blog posts with guided tasks. Each one being tied to the ‘manly green’ lifestyle theme I’m trying to cultivate through my work here.
I believe that green living has countless benefits, which I try to bring back to personal health, wealth, and happiness. The green movement as a whole tends to focus on the environment. I want to focus on myself. I want to focus on you. How can we make our lives better, without jeopardizing the planet or future generations?
As I see it, the green and sustainable living movement falls right in line with what people are looking for in life: self-improvement, progress, a sense of belonging, and overall well-being for ourselves and those we care about.
I’m not an expert on life but rather a student of life. I screw up a lot, yet I learn along the way. I am, however, passionate about green living. I want to share that passion with others, but not for my own self-vindication. I want to make other’s lives better. This blog is one way I can do that.
Why 21 Days to a Manlier Green? Why The Manly Green?
Couldn’t I just write a green living blog? Why does it have to have a manly theme? Just as there are separate men’s and women’s health and lifestyle magazines, I believe there is space for diversified channels of information for green living.
I don’t think that men and women are that different. Most of what I write about could equally serve either gender. I’m, however, trying to reach out to a group of men that is maybe on the outer fringe of green living. Men possibly put off by some of the oversimplified or exaggerated messages of the environmental movement: don’t eat meat, consumerism is bad, dress in a manner that is borders between homeless and hipster.
Now, these are gross generalizations, but common misconceptions that I have picked up from people while living in the south and the midwest. I’m trying to do two things with The Manly Green: bring people into the sustainable living camp, and to help those who want to live more sustainably do so.
My target audience just so happens to be men – yet, I women can also use this information and add to the conversation.
What’s Your Purpose?
If you follow through with the 21 Days to a Manlier Green series, at the end of it you’ll feel manlier and be on track to living a greener life. You have my word.
But, what do you want in life? How do you want to improve yourself? What would you like to change about your personal habitats? How would you like the world to be different. What can you do to make that happen?
These are not questions that we often ask ourselves. Why?
Because they are either very difficult or very scary. It is easier to go through life, day by day, maintaining a status quo. Thinking everything is fine the way it is – and don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to have anyone stuck in a cycle of feeling down about life or not appreciating the great things that you already have around you.
I just don’t want to find myself 40 years from now regretting not making the most of life and I wouldn’t want to wish that on you either.
When trying to change for the better, most people start building lists of what they want to do. I have several of these lists. Yet, this isn’t the best place to start.
Then maybe you’ll start figuring out how you want to make your life better. The areas to improve upon. I have several of these lists too. Yet, this still isn’t the best place to start.
The best place to start with is why. You need an underlying purpose that drives your actions, which could be as simple as sentence.
Why do I do what I do? Because: “My vision is to live in a world that constantly seeks to protect and improve the health of the global, ecological, human, and economic environment.” From this central idea I’ve started to figure out how I can make my vision a reality and what I need to do to get there.
This concept was first presented to me in the following TED Talk, but I’ve since then seen it echoed by leaders across all fields. Start with Why.
Take some time today to think about this. Block off part of your day, sitting down with a pen and paper, and start writing ideas down. Or go for a long, aimless walk and let the idea of ‘why’ roll around in your mind. Even if you already feel that you have a strong purpose in life, it is always good to revisit it and reflect.
Try to craft a one sentence vision statement that sums up why you do what you do.
Your Purpose for The Next 21 Days
Moving forward through the 21 Days to a Manlier Green series, think back to your purpose – your Why. Each of the activities for the 21 Days are Whats that will help you towards your Why, no matter what it is. Find the connection, and internalize How what you’re doing each day, both with the 21 Days to a Manlier Green series and life in general, furthers your purpose.