June 24, 2009

June 13, 2009

Thankful

I’ve been doing some thinking today about freedoms that I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime. Today is the Iranian elections and it just got me thinking about the differences between America and other countries. As my mind has sort of gone through it all it hasn’t all been about politics but just everything.

I feel for the college students and women in Iran who were out in the streets yesturday singing and dancing and hoping for change. There were thousands, they had signs, faces and bodies painted and were just out in massive numbers to voice their opinion. Personal freedoms have been tightened up so much there…I can’t imagine what it would be like.

All I know is where I am from. I grew up being able to do what ever I wanted. I didn’t have to worry about anything political or safety wise as a child. I was able to run around never worried about violence or repression or the government taking away what was mine.

I give them a lot of credit, going out into the streets the way they did. I give them even more credit for going out and voting today. They have a lot of power in their hands right now. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

I’ve also been thinking about how Australia is a lot like the US. The only thing I’ve noticed I’m having a hard time programming my brain to is water. In the States I’ve never had to worry about running out of water. I’ve never gone through a severe drought, I’ve never been on a water restriction, ever.

Tracey has been trying to get me to think about it a bit more. There aren’t any water restrictions here now but I think she’s trying to get me to make a conscious effort to use a little less. That way if it is a bad summer it won’t be hard for me to adjust. And part of it I think is just that they think about conservation so much more here.

I’m used to just running the water while getting ready to rinse veggies or soapy dishes…. but if restrictions come this summer… I won’t be doing that. They have a good habit here of washing a bunch of stuff, then rinsing it all quickly and turning the water right back off. We don’t even rinse the recycling, we just put it in the dirty dishwater when we are done with dishes and swoosh them around to rinse them.

Recycling is so much bigger here as well, in comparison to the States. It actually amazes me just how much more effort goes on here. In the states, some people put their newspapers in the bin or take cans in. But it is not mandatory and many people don’t do it.

Here it’s completely different. I’ll have to take a pic of the bins under the sink to show as an example. There are four. One is general rubbish, one is for compost type waste and the other two are for recycleables. It’s a pretty neat set up.

We could definately learn a lot in the US. I’m finding it really interesting all these things I’m learning here.

-M