Sometimes I wonder if I should be left alone to think unsupervised. I was hanging out on the balcony having a coffee thinking about nothing at all when gardening popped into my head. Now most people would shrug it off or wonder where it came from, but not I, oh no! My brain then goes into overdrive and decides that we can save the world with the cunning implementation of gardening...
See, I thought, 'If I had a garden I could grow my own veges' Yeah I know, no duh! But, growing my own veges would be good right, because I could save some money. Great idea! I'm obviously a genius, call MENSA. This is the point that 99% of people who had the "gardening" thought would leave it....
...I on the other hand decided to delve into this gardening thing a little more. "What other positive effects could gardening have?" I would reduce landfill because I could compost food waste. Excellent! Surely theres more to it than that though. Mmmmm? Well I guess the natural progression in this train of thought would be, if I had access to cheaper fruit and veges then I probably would consume more fruit and veges and consume less processed crap from the supermarket, meaning I would be healthier.
I then remember reading an article about gardening reducing stress. Great! I'd be less stressed out! So advantages so far. Mentally more healthy, physically more healthy & financially more healthy. This is going well so far. What else...?
Digging gardens, hoeing, planting, harvesting etc. can be quite physical work, therefore I would become fitter and stronger physically. Awesome! Mentally more healthy, physically more healthy x 2 & financially more healthy. So this is why Grandad is still going strong at 85 years of age. He's always had an amazing vege garden. What else...?
The whole family could lend a hand, me, wife & kids. Good quality family time, working together building something positive. Teaching work ethic, gardening skills, team work, pride in work. Creating a sense of achievement and everyone in the family gets the benefits of having the garden, Mentally more healthy, physically more healthy x 2, financially more healthy and now the family is stronger and socially more healthy. Brilliance! Nobel prize coming my way for sure :-)
Now, if we applied this gardening thing globally imagine how much better off the world would be. Less famine, less stress, less obesity, less cancer, fewer heart attacks, fewer strokes, less land fill, happier people, happier families, better people due to the practical skills, social skills and ethics learned, smaller carbon foot print since there'd be less need to transport large quantities of produce to supermarkets leading to a healthier planet, reduced need for mental health services, less need to pump medications into people since they'd be healthier and therefore keeping them healthier, reduced need for gym memberships (yay no more sweaty weight machines), financially healthier people.
So as you can see there are 2 very important points...
Point 1: We can save ourselves, our families, our communities, our planet and our wallets simply by growing our own fruit and veges in our yards.
Point 2: I'm frickin' amazingly awesome.
Stop and think!