I’m Sorry

If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know that I apologize a lot. I tend to sympathize with whoever I am with, and try to communicate that I feel with whatever they are going through. It’s been my way of trying to be there for another person. It’s me verbalizing a hug, or giving myself to that person.

But as if I don’t say I’m sorry enough times in a day, I’ve found a few more reasons to say it.

I’m sorry. To those affected by climate change, especially those here in Bethel. For too long I’ve lived in my own little bubble. Though I’ve always believed that climate change was an issue, I never saw its effects and therefore did not give it much thought. But the lives that it is affecting here in Bethel are real, and it has opened my eyes to the true damage that climate change is having on our world.

I’m sorry. For the times I’ve lived my life selfishly. Living my life with only my future and my plans in mind. The times that I fall into the mind set of forgetting all the other people, communities, and cultures in this world, and taking for granted the connections we all have as a global society.

I’m sorry. For the times I’ve been thoughtless and wasteful; Whether I mean in terms of material, resources, relationships, or abilities. I know that I have been blessed in my life with my father as a strong provider,my mother as a strong supporter, family and friends to rely on, and many opportunities and resources to help me get further in my life. And while I have been blessed with all these things, there are numerous times that I have taken them all for granted. I need to step back and take a look at my life, and keep myself and my blessings in check.

I’m sorry. For not believing in myself to be capable of invoking change and making a difference in this world. Too often I over look my own thoughts and beliefs as small and insignificant. I am only one person, out of millions. With the mentality of “What difference could I ever make?” I am never challenged to take a stand, and work towards change.

Nelson, I’m sorry.
I hope more people, in Bethel and throughout the world, can learn to be as well.

I do owe you thanks, though as well.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for climate change. Thank you for your words. Thank you for touching my heart, and helping me to see the true emotional affects happening because of climate change.
Thank you for inspiring me.

 

 

Leah Renaud

About Leah Renaud

My Name is Leah Renaud.. I am a Senior journalism student studying Public Relations/Graphic Design at Creighton University. Driven by a desire to learn and gain new insight, I learn by doing and therefore am constantly working on my design, writing, and public relations abilities. A proud BlueJay fan, Internet explorer, lover of puns, superhero nerd, a Dreamer and Doer.

3 thoughts on “I’m Sorry

  1. I love this post, and I think a lot of people can relate to it. I really like how you are thinking about this issue from so many different perspectives and examine how your own thoughts and actions fit in with the global crisis of climate change. However, my favorite part of this post is when you thank Nelson for sharing his passion with you and inspiring you to make a change! I’m feeling inspired too, and can’t wait to see the film!

  2. Hi Leah!
    Just in case you didn’t know this already, I’ve always been impressed by you- and this post is exactly why. It takes a lot of courage to share these sorts of sentiments on a public blog (especially with global issues such as climate change)- but it is nice to read first hand experience that emphasizes the reality of the situation. Wonderful blogs, safe travels home, and delta love as always.

    -Gabby

  3. Thank you for writing this. I’m sorry, too. But also very hopeful about the future. Sounds like you (and many of the others in your group) will choose to live more intentionally in the future.

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