When I was a kid not doing much, which was often, my dad would tell me – in jest, I think – to “Make yourself useful.”
It’s been a struggle to do that ever since. But when it comes to our pathways, I take a bit of the opposite approach. I am something of a path-Nazi; no piece of plastic is too small, no piece of paper too unsightly to pick up.
My suggestion for path-neophytes is to start small, think small. If you see one Coke or Pepsi bottle or one beer can or one McDonalds / Burger King wrapper or one chunk of polystyrene foam along the way, pick it up. Build from there. The removal of even one item from our environment is forward progress. You’ll be amazed at how you feel: pride, accomplishment – and payback against the evil trash throwers.
Like my dad said, ‘”Make yourself useful.”