Unfortunately today was not exactly the ideal No Impact Day, because I had many commitments and most of the impacts were out of my control. I had class from 9:30 am to 4:20pm straight (no breaks), therefore I had to eat packaged food because no time to stop and enjoy a sustainable meal unfortunately. I had a seminar to go to at 4:30, a banquet at 6, and a review session at 8:30. In other words, no sustainable meals or Ho-Hum for me, it was a very busy day with eating whatever food I was given and using lights all day long because it was out of my control. Additionally, my Chemistry lab from 1:30-4:20 consisted of 3 hours on my laptop. I am finally now able to control my impact for the day but it is already 10pm and I need to use lights because it is dark and I have online assignments due tom.
The positives from today were that I conserved water by using a cup instead of running water to brush my teeth, and I continued my short shower habits (around 6 mins or so). I hope that tom will go over better; I don’t have as many commitments. I have been doing well Monday and Tuesday, but today was out of my control.
After a day like today, I can definitely see why Colin claims that we, as Americans, need some more ho-hum in our lives. That is no electronics or running from place to place just for a period of time. Even if it is just a very short break! We can all learn a thing or two from Europeans who take the time to sit for 1-2 hours and just relax and enjoy a meal while sitting outside at a restaurant. It would be very relaxing and a great stress reducer. As Americans, we are always going from place to place, one stress to a second stress, as Colin described and sometimes need to just stop.