This past weekend, I drove from NYC to North Carolina to appear on the TEDx stage at Pembroke UNC. It was a long drive—12 hours with stops and breaks on Route 95. Many asked me why I would drive instead of flying, and in hindsight, I’m still happy I drove.

Every stop for rest and stretch and fill up on water, tea, coffee, food, and gas (in that order), I met people I could say hi to, and it made for a lovely trip. I made the trip of just over 550 miles on 1 1/2 tank of gas.

Why does that matter? The flight flew, whether I was on it or not, but my car only drove because I was in it. I would have saved gas if I had flown, but it was more eco-sustainable to drive than fly in this context. The experience was also far more enjoyable.

These are some of the daily decisions we make, whether we think about it or not. Every decision we make impacts the world around us, and the world around us has an impact on us. We are in a constantly evolving relationship. The question is if we care or not, what we care about, and what we do about it.

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Originally published on April 22, 2024 at