My Mom, The Recycler


I always believe that at any point in your life, you can make positive changes through your actions.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I truly attest to this old adage and believe that real change comes from within. If you want the world around you to adopt a certain point of view or lifestyle, you need to follow your utopic vision to a tee. This brings me to my mom. My mom is a pensioner clocking in 62 years on planet earth. She is well-read and probably has the vastest general knowledge of anyone I know. My mom is an observer- she closely monitors what’s happening around her. I guess she always had an acute sense of awareness.

At her old age, I would think that she’d have little care or worries. I was wrong. She proved me wrong. Today, my mom is an avid recycler. Actually… she’s almost obsessive about it. From old newspapers, to cans, to plastic milk cartons and plastic yoghurt cartons; my mom hoards the lot into an orange recycling bag to do her bit for the environment. I see her sorting them accordingly as if she’s sorting the laundry. She prides herself in this simple task.

I admire her greatly for this endeavor, mainly because she is now instilling good moral values in her grandkids. She is now making them aware of pertinent environmental issues. I can describe her as a true matriarch who leads by example.

Remember… All it takes is one small, selfless act to make the world a better place. It doesn’t cost my mom a dime. She does not want praise nor a pat on her back for it. We should all try doing something like this in our own lives.

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