Since I was little girl, all I ever wanted to help people and take their hurt away. Over the years this has grown, developed and matured, different seasons in life it went from wanting the bullies at school to be kind to the ‘bullied’ to travelling to the Middle East to put an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), wanting my elderly neighbours to not feel lonely to finding a cure for dementia.
I have a deep ache and desire for humanity to be kinder to one another, for peace and love, for wholeness and healing and I believed I could achieve this was by doing something HUGE and radically changing the world (BOOM).
In 2009 I graduated from University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Social Work. I’ve worked in Australia and New Zealand in Government and non-Gov positions.
I havn’t cured anything and much to my younger self’s disappointment, I havn’t changed the world (yet). BUT what I have learnt and what I’m passionate about everyday of my life, is being the change in my own world (uni degree or no degree). Doing what I can for the broken, the bullied, the oppressed, the lonely and the sick, local and global, everyday. We can’t change the BIG world if we can’t commit to changing our own world. For me this looked like, sitting and spending time with the bullied at school, joining the school public speaking team to bring awareness about FGM, learning my elderly neighbours names and having meaningful conversations, and fundraising for people living with dementia and their families.
I’m highlighting these not for praise but to encourage you and implore you, you can do something about that ‘thing’, the thing that makes you angry that makes you boil with anger and scream ‘IT’S NOT FAIR’, the thing that makes you weep and whale at the injustice. There is always something you can do, everyday.
Together we are stronger, if we all choose to do something for the better of others, to be a voice for those who can’t speak up, to be a friend to the lonely hearts, we will change the world. Make other’s hurt and injustice your own and do something about it, make it public and get other people to care about it.
If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, put your phone down and start by smiling at strangers in the supermarket, talk to the lady at the park, meet your neighbor and listen to their story, you can start somewhere today.
This quote was given to me by a Political Science lecturer who was one of the biggest inspirations of change in my life, I still keep it on it’s original crumpled paper on my fridge;
‘There is no way to stop the world and get off, we’re all here together, both those who shun power and those who lust after it.
Whether we intervene or not, they are touched by the continuing dynamics of the political process. The input they don’t supply is not just lost, it’s absence allows other considerations to weigh more heavily and to unbalance the relationship.
REJECT THE CHANCE TO ACT FOR GOOD AND THE WORLD WILL STILL TRUNDLE ON, BUT IT WILL DO SO ACCORDING TO THE DEMANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE’ - Elizabeth Janeway – powers of the Weak
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Location: New South Wales, Australia