Paul Rabbitts FRSA FLI
Author, Parks Historian, Public Speaker
|Posted on December 12, 2016 at 2:35 PM|
I took the day off work today to go Xmas shopping. A day beckoned in Centre MK, and was bemused as to why we needed to go as most of it has been done online. Anyway, it wasn't that bad and 4 hours later, all done. What gets me every time I go to Centre MK is we pass by a number of regular rough sleepers every time. I pass by one every day going into Watford when I use the train. As I write this blog (which is going somewhere yet to be decided), Crisis at Christmas for homeless people has just been on. I live in a lovely house, we have spent too much decorating it and on presents. Its funny where our priorities lie - kind of happily spend £20 quid on sparkly lights and plastic santas and deer, yet people homeless on the streets. Its upsetting and hard to know what to do to make it all change. Change.... I don't mind change but I would love to change these kind of issues.
So where to go? 2016 has been a world of change. The world has changed. Brexit... (no one saw that coming)... Trump...(no one saw that coming)... the death of Castro... the destruction of Aleppo... the chaotic world of politics (Cameron gone, May in, Corbyn in and out and back in)... the most incredible Olympics ever... ! Personally, changes at work, departures including my boss imminently, a new one for me, a year tackling pretty chronic depression and sorting myself out at last with the odd relapse, decisions to make over my career and where to go next. Change is inevitable no matter what.
I am looking forward to 2017, I really am. I won't let Trump affect me, or Brexit, I can't change politics or what happens on the other side of the world. I have my family and 3 stunning children who make me so proud. I have some great projects ahead at work, really good projects - 3 books to look forward to publishing, more bandstands to find and visit, another holiday to Mallorca, some great gigs (Kiss, Green Day and Black Sabbath), graduation of my 2 eldest - jeez graduation, thats a thought.
So returning to the homeless I see. I can't change things, but I can and do care, I will give and I will donate and if I can even let those who need to know, know, I will. I will always care and hope things can change for the good.
Love to all