I believe all of us are drawn to one of the 4 main elements (earth, wind, water, fire) more than the others. Water has been my element for as long as I can remember.
I am fortunate in that I have been to the Atlantic Ocean every year of my 30 years of existence. This past spring I finally saw the Pacific Ocean as well as Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. I’ve swam in and kayaked on lakes and I’ve cruised the Caribbean.
I grew up not far from the Susquehanna River. Thanksgiving and Easter were spent at my grandparents’ house where my cousins and I either played on the frozen pond or waded in the creek. I spent my first year of college living on campus and often took walks to a nearby creek. When I moved to Northeastern PA I quickly found both a river to run alongside as well as a lake to visit when I needed to clear my mind. It seems I am always drawn to water no matter where I am.
Water calms me and opens my mind as a natural form of meditation. It connects me to nature in a way that nothing else does. It has the ability to make me appreciate life all while realizing how minuscule I am in this world. I am in awe of its power to give life as equally as it can destroy it.
Tonight I ran across the Susquehanna River and looking at it from atop the bridge it finally clicked to me where my advocacy passion lies – water.
I am strongly against fluoride being added to the water supply and refuse to drink my tap water because it is added to it. I feel anger when I read articles about states prohibiting their residents from collecting rainwater. I want to cry when I see images of the glaciers melting. I am appalled when I view pictures of trash accumulating in the ocean. I loathe companies such as Nestle who seek to expand their business in states where drought is affecting the locals.
This is why I feel so much empathy for those in Standing Rock, ND. They are fighting for the right to clean water. A right that shouldn’t need a protest. A right that every human in existence is entitled. I feel helpless in my ability to assist them, but I can only hope that my bringing attention to their plight serves to help them.
Water is their cause. Water is my element. Because of that we are connected.