Hope everyone’s been well. I took a break from this blog and feel better for it. I was really frustrated after hearing about the racism aimed at England footballers.
It’s easy to feel powerless. I’m still trying to work out how I can combat racism effectively. I have signed the petition on change.org. I have signed up to charity newsletters. I plan to write about my own experiences of racism. I will be reading and watching more books and documentaries about racism over the next few months.
Nothing feels like it’s enough. However I feel like progress will be achieved with small steps.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I’m currently in self isolation for 10 days. So how did this happen? Long story short I started a new job and one of my colleagues tested positive for Covid 19. I tested negative. However I still have to self isolate along with the rest of my colleagues.
How do I feel about this? I’m getting restless to be honest. I really want to see my friend. I’m desperate to go on a walk somewhere. I wish I had a garden. I want to go to Nottingham city centre and soak in the atmosphere (especially now we’ve made the finals of the euros!). On the other hand I’m grateful. I have food, clean drinking water, a roof over my head and good health.
I’m going to spend this period productively. I’ll write this blog, declutter and read. I’ll try not to think about what I’m missing out on and instead focus on everything I can still do. I hope whoever’s reading this is ok 🙂
We are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. -Sterling Hayden, actor, author, and WWII veteran (26 Mar 1916-1986)