“I was a bit worried when I first arrived, I thought you might be a bunch of hippies who were really full on, but you’re all cool.”
Do you often have moments where you realise you love your job? For the past 3 days I’ve been training this year’s Green Steps course in Brisbane. The comment I’ve just quoted came at the end of today’s session; one guy expressing a bit of surprise and relief that, like him, the students involved in the course were pretty much just normal people with a shared interest.
The people in this picture are going to shape our future. In the short time I’ve known them, every single one has impressed me in some way. You might never know who they are, but they’ll be out there, in businesses and communities, doing what they do while keeping their gaze looking forward. They’re planners, scientists, marketers, designers, businesspeople, psychologists, lawyers, teachers, engineers and hotel managers. They’re smart, they’re cool, they’re just like you and I and they care about the environment.
You don’t need to be ‘full on’ to want a better future. You don’t need to be a scientist, or plant trees, or to vote for the Greens. You do need to be willing to think critically about what’s around you, engage with people and do what you can to make positive change happen. If you can do that while balancing precariously on an A4 bit of paper, pretending you’re floating on a crocodile infested river… I take my hat off to you!