Adolescence is a time of self-centeredness. I remember adolescence as testing boundaries and feeling invincible. I loved believing in myself but the foundation I built that feeling upon, alcohol, cheap food, late nights, and fleeting interactions, was destined to crumble. And it did. From the rubble I asked how do I do this dance better? I am learning to understand health. The broader the foundation from which I grow the healthier I can be. As Charles states, often we fear more for you is less for me. In a dog eat dog world that is true. My view of health agrees with Charles’ adulthood view we have entered into: more for you is more for me!
I am community active. I support local healthy farming. I teach kids how to farm. More for you who will improve the health of the land is also more for me!
This adulthood we have entered is a balance between our two pasts: our primal connectedness to nature and our modern individuality. We need both. We need to know how to tune into what is important, our connectedness, and we need to be able to assert it, our individuality. This can begin to happen on the scale of community. This is growth that increases both our individual well-being and our connectedness to nature. This is the most broadly compounding growth and the best investment. This is a story of co-creation. We learned our power through our destructive adolescence. Our purpose is inspired by our distant childhood. I made it out of adolescence because I wanted more than to remember my childhood. I wanted that creative spirit to guide me. My biggest challenge has been improving my health. I have tethered my creative spirit to my adolescent single mindedness to get to a more beautiful place. I am off medication. I grow my own food. I work outside. I relax. I have a beautiful and supportive wife. I dream. I am not completely successful on paper but I am in the eyes of my community.
Our little community is not going to tax California lettuce so our farmers can make a living. What we might do is incentivize our local farmers or anyone who works the land. The line between conservation and farming is shattered when we decide on how more for you is more for me. Those practices that increase what we know to improve the health of all become how we incentivize land management! Abundance becomes “crowd” driven! More for you is more for me.