How to Live a Radically Local Life

Walk. It is amazing how much you will see and find out about our world when you slow down enough to take this one simple step, or series of them. Humans were made for bipedal locomotion, it helps us to think, gears up our immune system and makes our metabolism speed up enough to keep our weight down. It is quiet, clean, (the only waste created is carbon dioxide which feeds plants.) relaxing and cheap! Years ago, when I was in my twenties, AAA the American automobile Association figured that the average car cost the average American about seven thousand dollars per year in fuel, depreciation, repairs, tax, title, license and insurance. If you can walk enough to get rid of just one of your vehicles, it could be like getting a bonus in salary of over seven thousand dollars per year!

Ride bike, remarkably, this mode of transport has the ability to get you places about as fast as a car in the urban environment. Without time wasted fueling up, finding parking and waiting for traffic, most back streets don’t have lights or traffic jams, I often get places faster than people transported by car, especially on shorter trips. Like walking, the pace is way better than in a car and there is much more to see, hear and pay attention to. Looking at your neighborhood and city without the distraction of traffic, lights and terrible drivers liberates ones mind and heightens your senses to get a clearer picture of where you are and where you are going. Upon arrival, you have a more calm and relaxed demeanor, are more prone to clear thinking and better able to deal with the stresses of the modern workplace.

Eat foods that are from nearby. This sounds hard until you try it. It is dandelion season across North America. Greens are good for your liver, blood and skin. Local food helps support your local economy, reduced polluting transportation modes and builds strong communities. Most American Farmers grow corn, but cannot feed themselves with what they grow. It is just a feedstock for industrial processes like feedlot beef or corn syrup.When you begin to look at life from a local perspective, be ready for a sea change in your own health, happiness and way of thinking in all areas of your life. It’s all good, enjoy!

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About otherfishwrap

One of the last of the Baby Boomers, I remember where I was when JFK was shot. Good story. Born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, my life has been spent studying, practicing skills and attitudes that reflect justice and the sanctity of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit. Trained as an educator, my life has been devoted to cultural development and social justice.
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