Giving a shit can be exhausting. Being educated about all the issues that face us in the modern world can be overwhelming. Sometimes it makes me want to stick my fingers in my ears, squeeze my eyes shut, turn off my phone, and tune it all out. So I do. And I go outside. And open my eyes and ears and breathe. Once I'm recharged, I come back, with renewed energy to learn and change and stand up for the things I believe in again. Honestly I feel guilty for this sometimes. When I do, I turn to this quote, and I'm comforted and inspired by Ed Abbey's words every time:
One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.