That's it! Can't avoid politics now...
So there have been some significant political shifts in New Zealand in the last week or so. I want Sergeant Calm to stay a safe place so, like my view on sobriety, they're mine and I would never push what I believe on anyone else. Please remember that as you read my words. I'm an individual and I'm getting a bit older so politics has suddenly been thrust into my peripheral and I have to make sure what I support is aligned with my values. And, we all know what my values are. I live and breathe my work on mental health and helping people. I had a conversation recently with someone who believed that my status as a small business owner meant that I should be panicking and upset over our new government. They couldn't understand why I would lean left if my investment was at risk. Here's what I said:
"I lost the most important person to me because of suicide. I survived it. The most unbearable pain. I survived it. If the economy takes a nosedive and I lose my investments, yes, it will hurt. But, I made a choice - I did not vote for myself or my bank account. I voted for other people."
Even writing this makes my heart hurt but I think he understood, and I appreciate that. Mental health now has a platform with someone who understands the pain of suicide, someone who at the very least acknowledges that it's real and that it's complex and there is a lot of work to be done. So maybe now things can change. I'm also buoyed by the fact our new PM is a Wahine toa, only slightly older than me. The type of person in real life I would admire and be friends with. It has given me strength, it has given me hope that my voice fucking matters.
Sometimes I worry that I'm throwing pasta at a wall and just seeing which bit sticks. I have no structure for Sergeant Calm, I have no plans other than to just keep building and building on it. Maybe one day I can be on the steps of parliament preaching my cause. So, here's my manifesto, if I did, I would fight TO THE DEATH for it. I don't know for sure that I'm making a difference and honestly, if only one person read my posts I'd still be doing it, because it heals me everyday.
Anyway, this is just my little comment on government. I'm delighted that Jacinda is PM, but I'll hold her accountable like we all should with our chosen politicians. Her policies on mental health and health in general I will follow closely. If she deserves criticism it will be because of bad decisions and wrong moves, NOT because she turned up to the All Blacks last night and 'made them lose'. How childish.
Happy Labour weekend everyone. Aroha. At ease xxxx