Some things are out of our control, like gas prices and traffic. You can’t control what others do or say, just like you can’t pick who’s in your family. Unfortunately, most of us assume we cannot control climate change.
My family isn’t big on birthday presents. Most years I get a nice sweater, wool socks to replace those I have worn through and a homemade cake. So I was surprised on my 18th birthday when my mom, straining from the weight, handed me a massive box wrapped in red paper.
When I arrived at the University of Michigan at the beginning of freshman year, my friends and I discovered Bird electric scooters on the Diag. I’d never ridden e-scooters since they had not yet made it to my native New York City, where Citi Bike and Uber reign supreme.
For the most part, my two best friends and I are just like any ordinary group of American girlfriends. We frequent Chipotle, binge episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and endlessly trash-talk people from our high school.