Hands up who else has ever felt a sense of dread or panic, when faced with the age old question, ‘what do you do?‘ Those four bland words usually uttered pretty early on in an attempt to get to know somebody. The question almost always equates to a description of what we do for work; how we earn our money. I feel lucky to be able to say these days that I’m in a job that I quite enjoy, however it hasn’t always been this way. I have also experienced the shudder run down my unemployed spine when faced with this question.
Somehow it happened. I committed and completed my second ever 5km Parkrun on Saturday. It was only a week on from my first run and it couldn’t have been more different. This time around the sun was beaming. I went alone due to my friend having other commitments but quickly got speaking to people around me as we moved towards the starting line. I ran alongside a man whom I’m grateful had a similar pace to my own and kept me company. This time I had set a goal for myself – to not stop running until I got to the finish line however slow my pace. I achieved it! Continue reading “Moving Forward – my second 5km”
Over the past 3 months I have been facilitating a wellbeing support group for a local mental health charity. A small bunch of wonderful people show up every 2 weeks and support one another in improving their wellbeing. It is a highlight of my week, observing the power of peer support and celebrating peoples’ passion and commitment to their own recovery journeys.
“It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – Jiddu Krishnamurti.
This quote has always spoken to me. Especially on the days that I have struggled to get on with all that has been expected of me.
In the video below, Physician Gabor Mate discusses the concept of ‘being normal’ and how the values held by our society can greatly impact our emotional and mental health, along with our definitions of what ‘normal’ is.
Most prominent to me is how as a society we value human beings. The tendency in most modern capitalist societies is to attribute a person’s value based on what they can both consume and produce as opposed to who they are.
I would be keen to hear any thoughts you have about this video, and how you believe as a society we should be valuing ourselves and others?