“I will be a hummingbird. I will do the best I can.”

-Wangari Maathai

The story of the hummingbird from Dirt: The Movie describes my overarching personal reason for making the small, seemingly insignificant choices I do each day.

As a teenaged girl, deciding to never eat meat again, I was devastated by how many huge problems we faced in the world, and how impossible they seemed to solve. I knew that I couldn’t make the whole world change to decrease suffering to animals, world hunger, and obesity and disease. I was frustrated and overwhelmed. I decided the best I could do was hold myself accountable for my part. I tried to contribute as little as possible to these problems. It wasn’t until years later, as a high school science teacher, that I would come across Dr. Maathai’s rendition of the hummingbird story, and see my way of living life described so simply. I was a hummingbird.