Change in my daily life





Since at Texel we have been talking a lot about change and the willingness for change I have been thinking about it a lot myself. To me most subjects didn't ask for change in my case. Talking about eating less meat, I have been a vegetarian for more than half my life already, talking about using less plastic, I use only my own bags and go to the market every week to save packages (and money). To me that is just the way I have been raised and therefore I ever had to put effort in changing my behaviour towards a more sustainable lifestyle. 
At Texel we have been talking to all kinds of people, people who want to get new (more sustainable) initiatives on the road and people who have been living a certain way all their life and don't feel the need for change and everything in between. Especially the second type of people were the ones we wanted to address. One of my objectives of the week at Texel was always involving the people and trying to get a grasp of their way of thinking. But although the willingness was there to understand those people I noticed that I found it really hard to understand why they did not want to change (or couldn't). 

Different ways of setting a transition process in motion were discussed during the course (bottom up, top down etc.). I found it very hard to relate to these methods and apply them in a daily life situation. Until I got back working again after being away for the week. 

You have to know that I am not really a morning person and normally this means that I am not good at being in time in the morning. So it was Tuesday morning again and unfortunately I arrived half an hour past the time I wanted to be there. I got mad at myself and my colleagues asked how I managed to get up at Texel everyday much earlier. Which finally provided my with the link with the need for change in my daily life.

I know I have to go to bed earlier, I know I need to get out earlier and I know it takes 10 minutes to cycle to the TU instead of 5... but still I don't. The easy way out is of course saying that it will never change and people will just have to accept the fact that I won't arrive in time. But I think that I have finally found a subject where I can apply those models towards change and look for the proper incentive that will make me be in time again (I did hear though that people who tend to be late are just optimistic because they overestimate the amount of things they can do in a given time, but maybe that is just me looking for an excuse again).... and about the question how I managed to get up that early at Texel the whole week.. I have no idea.