Yeah, that’s right, the last shower I took was on April 20th, 2013, exactly 6 months ago. Why have I done something crazy like this? Well, the answer is simple: to conserve water. At first I thought it would be quite the challenge, but I learned quickly that I do not need water to pour out from a shower-head above me in order to stay clean. Water is naturally available all over and it cleans me just as well from a trickling creek, a rushing river, a placid lake, a pounding ocean wave, or dripping from the sky.
I just parted ways with my last business shirt and slacks. I’ve been holding on to one outfit for times when I may need to impress a potential client, colleague, or investor. No longer will I conform in this manner to a way of life that I don’t see fit for myself. No longer will I support a way of being that I don’t see as necessary.
In my 26th year I…
Officially changed my life title to Adventurer and founded Greenfield Adventures with the mission to entertain, educate, inspire, and give back through adventures and traveling.
Continued to run my business, The Greenfield Group, with the intent of using it to do great things for the earth. A huge chunk of our profits are poured into grassroots environmental work. We are working constantly to use business as a means of creating a healthier earth for all of us to live on.
Life is hard.
It’s hard for the wealthy and the poor.
It’s hard for the young and the old.
It’s hard for the country folk and the urban dwellers.
It’s hard for the healthy and the terminally ill.
It’s hard for the simple livers and the livers of complex lives.
Life is hard for all of us.
I have not missed you over the last 4 months because I’ve been living in the present. I haven’t yearned for you because I’ve been swimming in beautiful rivers and lakes all over the United States. I haven’t thought too much about you because I’ve been out riding my bike all over the country. I haven’t needed you because I am at home anywhere and everywhere I go. I’ve been too busy waking the United States of America up to think about you.
We live in an interesting time, an exciting time. We live in an era where we just may witness the survival or the extinction of the human race. We are destroying the natural world much faster than it can heal itself. We are aware of our destruction, but most humans are just too lazy to do what needs to be done. Most of us are too lazy to think past our own little lives. Billions of humans deny or completely avoid the fact that they are destroying the environment. Maybe that’s a way of self protection, a way to feel okay about their lives. Maybe it’s feeling helpless and hopeless, like their actions don’t count.
4,700 miles, and 104 days of living an extremely conscious and low-impact lifestyle have brought me to Waitsfield, Vermont. My life will never be the same after immersing myself this deeply into sustainability. The knowledge and experience I have gained on this journey is so great that I will not fully grasp it for years to come.
I am proud and elated to say that I am an ambassador for 1% for the Planet. I’m 26 years old now and if the 22 year old me would have been told that I’d be an ambassador for this incredible organization in four years I would have woken up every single morning with butterflies in my stomach.
For five days I lived solely off water from a leaky fire hydrant in Brooklyn.
I drank it.
I showered in it.
I did my laundry in it.
I brushed my teeth with it.