Too often I know the titles for these posts before I can think up some half-decent content to follow them.
When my jumbo water-bottle relieved itself inside my bag this morning, I knew I had a winner. The beauty of being a writer is that something can always be salvaged from the wreck, regardless of how messy it gets. I’m talking about the story and in this case, I also lucked out by managing to save a few watery pens from drowning. Islands of loose change I could not care less about saving have now sunk to the bottom of my one purse, reminding me that if my wallet were a boat, well, it’s time for a new boat.
Now for the hard part… something actually worth reading.
I don’t feel like I’m drowning, that’s not what this is about. But sometimes, when you find yourself treading water for the eleventh hour on-end, a ledge to grab on to becomes more appealing than proving the point.
My arms are tired. And I never really was a swimmer. I lack buoyancy and it’s no secret I failed level four of swimming twice.
Being somewhere without anything to ground you is a lot like being in the middle of an ocean. There’s no sense of direction, and the only difference between up and down is two different shades of blue. You take on water; you give some back. You absorb the swills and you counter the swalls. You make up words just to feel in control: You can’t master your fate if you’ve lost your soul.
You just are, exactly where you are.
All of this is to say that I’m tired of flailing my arms, wavering around like one of those air-fed stickmen that billow in used car lots. If the air-fed stickman were in an ocean. And somehow still functioning.
You can either let the waves of emotions wash over you while you stay put and tread, or you can go along for the ride and see where you end up. I mean, you’ll either hit land or you’ll just find yourself in the middle of another ocean, which can’t be that bad.
Across the Atlantic, people will wake up to read a post that doesn’t make much sense. But they can’t say I didn’t warn them: I delivered a great title, and have never promised to do more.
Each year, bloggers address a different global issue on Blog Action Day with the goal of raising awareness and creating discussion.
This year’s topic focuses on water and water conservation in 2010. Over 4,200 have officially registered.
Even though I didn’t register, I still want to do my part. So here is my humble pledge to conserve water:
1. I pledge to not leave the tap running, and to turn it on and off as needed.
According to www.treehugger.com, using dishwashers is more environmentally friendly than hand-washing dishes, so…
2. I pledge to cram as many dishes, pots, glasses and utensils into my dishwasher at home as physically possible, instead of leaving half of them to be hand-washed.
3. I pledge to take shorter showers to conserve water. (And by that, I mean not letting the water run for five minutes when it really only takes about 30 seconds for it to heat up.)
And pledge your water conservation goals on Twitter by tagging #BAD10.
Here are my thoughts on today’s headlines. Everything but the titles is written by yours truly.
For today’s headline; a look at China…
Building canal network to divert water to capital ‘on par with the Great Wall’ by Barbara Demick:
China’s capital is in desperate need of water, so the government has planned an elaborate system of canals to reroute the country’s entire water system to bring water to Beijing.
Opposition to the longterm project says that not only will the rerouting of rivers cause harm to the country’s ecosystems, but it will also “rob” other parts of China of their water supply.
And the project is expensive.
In recent years, water has been referred to as “blue gold,” hinting that because of its unequal distribution throughout the world and its necessity to survival, it will, like gold, become a highly sought after “commodity.” A present day example of the value of water: China is literally re-plumbing its entire nation, uprooting hundreds of thousands of people and spending $62 billion to satisfy Beijing’s needs. Now that is a lot of gold.
But is it worth it?
Evidently it’s not a matter of whether or not the country goes into debt versus mass de-hydration, but whether or not the project is more practical than “buying” water or trading for it.
Should the project not prove as successful as planned, the results could be disastrous. And not just because of the debt or lack of water, but because of the people’s faith in the government.
To quote the article in the Vancouver Sun, citizen Yao Ziliang said that “of course, [the project] will bring water to Beijing. The party would not lie to us.”
What will happen, to both the people and the government, if the party can’t bring water to Beijing?