• Lizzie Shutt

Rule-Breaker For Change

“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.” -Greta Thunberg

On my flight to Christchurch, New Zealand I watched a few TedTalks and one of them was by Greta Thunberg, a young environmental advocate. I was tearing up by the end because her message so deeply resonates in my heart and my love for this Earth.

The quote stated above stuck in my mind. I think it can apply to all of life’s circumstances. Whether you’re striving to live a more joyful life or become an awesome at-home cook the rules you live by are going to contribute to your success or defeat.

Dictionary definition of Rule: a prescribed guide for conduct or action. Rules, moral codes, and laws all contribute to how we think and interact with others and ourselves. If we continue to follow the same rules then how can we expect change? By changing your own “rules” you change the game and make it your own!

It’s easier to see how you can control personal goals like becoming an amazing at-home cook, but it seems daunting to think that you can contribute to global goals. However, in my mind they are achieved in the same way: live life by your own rules. Politics are messy and laws are slow to change so it’s great to vote for removing plastics from your city but don’t let the law hold you back from starting today!

I encourage you to question what “rules” are you following that you don’t even realize

Question the ways you were brought up, the ingrained societal behaviors, your mode of transportation, your source of food or income, and so much more!

Some that have come up for me:

  • Why use a machine dryer when I can hang my clothes to dry?

  • Why would I need to wax my eyebrows if my hair is so light you can barely see it?

  • Why is public transportation not convenient or widely used in my area?

  • How can I be plastic-free in a convenience-driven world?

After reflecting on your own lifestyle habits see what new rule(s) you want to implement this week.

*Roses from Christchurch Botanical Garden, Emmett hanging our clothes to dry*

In order to change a daily habit or the planet’s health you have to step out of your bubble. Changing your rules may be uncomfortable, challenging, and frustrating, but it’s a process that only gets easier and more fulfilling!

It starts with taking the rules into your own hands and inspiring others to do the same! I hope this helped you to see new perspectives on daily life. Come back to this questioning exercise as much as you want! It can be a healthy way to reflect on what your mind and society are telling you versus what you are capable of achieving (the gap between leads to self-doubt)! Through this exercise I hope you recognize that you have the power to “be the change.” Reading this article was your first step, now go out and make the rules for your own game!

“Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Green”,

Lizzie Shutt


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