Let’s have a little bit of cheer.
Firstly, can I say how grateful I am to all of you that read this stuff, that share this stuff, that take the time to think about what I’m saying even if you don’t agree with it, and you absolutely don’t have to agree with it. I’m just really pleased you talk to me.
Can I say a really enormous thank you to those of you who comment and tell me your stories. It is one of the best parts of my day when there is a comment waiting, where you have taken the time and energy to check in, to tell me what’s going on for you, to trust me with your own thoughts and feelings. It’s pretty brilliant. It’s a tiny part of the world where I feel we genuinely speak to each other about real things and real feelings without all the crap, and it’s truly good.
It happens here, it happens on Facebook, it happens on Twitter, and in the groups I run and participate in, and it makes me feel connected to my tribe. In a world where it feels like we’re coming apart at the molecules it gives me real faith that there are those of us still making rather than breaking, still creating, still dreaming, still getting up and doing what needs to be done.
And on the days when I’m tired, and grumpy and it all seems a bit overwhelming, your comments and the knowledge that you’re reading even if you aren’t commenting, makes everything that bit easier. So thank you.
I have spent all day talking about, and being in meetings about the NHS and STP and other things medical and social care oriented, and it was a bit gloomy to be honest, but several things other than your amazingness have also cheered me up.
Firstly I got a box of seventy chocolate biscuits to review, so life is not all bad. Some of it is borderline diabetic too. But in a good way.
Secondly we won the pub quiz this evening on points if not on prizes. You win on points but then you have to go into a terrible lottery where you win either the cash prize, the bonus or the booby prize. Sadly, it was me who picked the booby prize, but on the other hand we got more chocolate and we absolutely aced the quiz questions. Also I got to spend the evening with my friends who make me laugh and make me happy and don’t want me to fix the NHS (well at least not on quiz night), so that was fabulous.
Thirdly I watched this. I watched it yesterday. I watched it again today. Regular readers will know that I joined the Women’s Equality Party when it was founded. I was really impressed by everything it stood for, everything it had to say and the way it was going about building a brand new political party. You know that every time I get morose about the state of equality or the lack thereof, I bung them a donation. It makes me feel better, and I try to live what they espouse, because like WEP I am a great believer in practical politics, in equality for all (including men – and anyone else who doesn’t feel included), and in getting the job done by working together for a common cause. I am sickened by traditional politics and the nonsense it offers us. I believe there is a better way to do things and I genuinely believe if WEP can get its numbers up sufficiently, they could herald that new way.
I heard Sandi Toksvig speak at Mumsnet Blogfest last year. She was only on stage for a few minutes, but she was fantastic. When I heard she had been invited to do a TED talk I knew I had to watch it, and yesterday I found it had been released.
If you want fifteen minutes of your day when you feel good, hopeful, positive and that our future will not end in a burning post apocalyptic Mad Max style Thunderdome, please watch. Even if you aren’t inspired to join, you’ll thank me. It’s my gift to you for what you give to me.