An Apology To Mother Nature

An Open Apology Letter To Mother Nature For Destroying The Earth

You've provided so much for us, and all we've given in return is a big fat middle finger.

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Dear Mother Nature,

Thank you for rolling jade hills and deep sapphire oceans. Thank you for the sun that keeps us warm in the daytime and for the moon that lights our way in the nighttime. For daily sunsets streaked with purple, pink, and orange. For the lush fruits, vegetables, and grains that fuel and nourish our bodies. For blessing us with natural wonders like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Thank you for trusting us with the land you created…and I'm so sorry we're letting you down.

I'm sorry that you provided a plethora of beautiful, natural phenomena that work in harmony to keep us alive and that in return, we gave you a big fat middle finger. Day by day, minute by minute, we litter the ground and the oceans with garbage and drill into the ground with thousands of chemicals.

We kill other animals for sport to the point of extinction. We uproot the Earth's resources at a rate so alarming, you can barely keep up. We're gradually destroying the ozone layer, which you made to protect us, for the sake of burgers and Lexus.

You've created a wondrous, prosperous planet just for us to come along and tear it apart piece by piece.

You're attempting to give us warning signs: dramatic weather and climate changes, rising water levels, and intense natural disasters. We see them and fully understand our role in the matter, but we haven't done enough thus far to combat our wrongdoings. I know it feels horrible to be ignored, and I'm sorry we're ignoring your pleas for help.

My stomach drops when I think about how future generations won't be able to enjoy the everyday beauties of the world as we do. How people's homes and lives are destroyed yearly, by the thousands, as a result of increasingly devastating natural disasters. How entire species have been wiped out due to our selfishness. As I take in the majesty of what is left of our world, this is my plea for my fellow men and women to treat it better and make you proud.

Sincerely,

Someone Who Cares

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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