This kid I tutor in Spain

Today was my first private tutoring session with my teacher-friend's kid. This girl is only 12 years old but one of the most impressive human beings I've ever met. She quit instagram awhile back because she said it made her feel empty inside. A year ago she begged her mom for an iphone and has been saving up for months because everyone else had one. But her mom said she'd have to wait until she was 14, which sucked cuz she's the only girl at school without one. But get this, after seeing all her friends become addicted to their own phones, she's since decided she doesn't want one anymore. Or any kind of cell phone at all. "During our recess, they all just look at their phones instead of talking to each other. It's like they've become zombies. I don't want that to happen to me."

I literally don't know a single adult that would be willing to make that kind of decision.

She also gave up palm oil. I’ve been well aware of how bad this shit is for the human body and ever worse for the planet. But I've turned a blind eye to it cuz I love Trader Joe's and palm oil is in pretty much everything but frozen vegetables these days. But she doesn't want to support an industry that is destroying the rainforests in South America and Asia, which is leaving animals on the brink of extinction.

Here's the kicker-she doesn't talk about any of this openly. She's not smug nor does she think she's better than anyone for their choices.

Funny how adults think we are the teachers, the disciplinarians and the role models all the time. I only WISH I had my shit together even half as much as this twelve year old. Since meeting her, I've been reading my labels and not buying things with palm oil in them cuz she's inspiring the shit out of me and raising the bar for what I should demand of myself.

Btw, my roommate just took this photo from our apartment.

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