I have often felt annoyed at how we humans leave our trash everywhere, especially when out in nature, places that would otherwise be serene and beautiful are scattered with packaging.
Normally I walk on, only to be faced with more trash here and there as I progress, but something I’ve been working with lately is to take action on things I am able to do something about in the here and now.
So I grabbed a discarded carrier bag and started filling it with all the rubbish I could find, scouring the verges and bushes as I walked. There was plenty, also plenty of mosquitoes and dirt, but I managed to clear the path, 4 bags full, which I dumped in one spot at the entrance.
It was messy and took some focus to not be distracted, into not doing the clean up, by my many excuses, but ultimately it felt good to firstly clean the way for myself, but also for other people, I hope people will think twice about dumping their trash if the place is clean to begin with.
This is my habit now, to take the opportunity to pick up a few pieces of trash left by others, as I am also sure people are cleaning up after me, but mainly it gives me a sense of achievement, and less annoyance at the trash I see in those otherwise beautiful places.
Thanks for reading, Sam.