Written by Vera Struck
“Oh the pain, the pain”. The phrase was exclaimed repeatedly by Dr. Zachary Smith in one of the many Sci-Fi TV series I got to watch on TV as a kid, after my high school homework was completed. It was his favorite response when facing yet another challenge as the perpetually exhausted inter-galactic environmental psychologist. I know the feeling.
Moving can be excruciating, especially if you’ve managed four of them over six state lines in the past year. I had arrived in Massachusetts after selling my company, my homes, real estate and property in Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA. That’s commitment. I had made a major decision to seek the fourth, and perhaps final chapter in my life. A process of triangulating all my passion, creativity, energy and drive behind one goal will be the journey throughout these posts.
As a recovering Feminist, Hippie and serial entrepreneur, I am starting an incredibly challenging journey for an average American. And yet as a mother, an artist and an experienced strategist, I will attempt to do the impossible in the next few years under adversity, and with few resources. I will try to keep my wits, skills, health and humor intact as I navigate what I believe will be the most challenging transition of my average American lifetime.
So, you are asking yourself, “WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?”
Its my 59th birthday today, life’s getting shorter and so it is time to dedicate myself to the greatest challenge on my bucket list while I have the juice to achieve it.
I want to find a vehicle to inspire humans to change their conditioned behavior to ensure humanity’s, and the planet’s survival. I know, just a little bit ambitious. That’s where you come in.
I want to live a sustainable life on a sustainable planet and I want you to join me. I have some ideas of how to do this; it’s an incredible challenge.
“Enough – for all – forever!” How do I get there and how do I help others get there?
That’s what this project is all about. I have no idea where this journey will take me, or who will tag along and where we all will end up. I’m not even sure when I’ll start “My Sustainable Year”. I think I have a lot to learn first.
All I know is that sustainability is an imperative I need to pay attention to for my own and the planet’s survival.