Friday, January 16, 2015

So Many Things Left

Still here, still angry. Still too cynical to tell y'all my in depth feelings about recent developments. I am currently reading Olivia Chow's memoirs and the message I am taking away is the same that permeated Jack Layton's last letter - hope is better than fear. I am trying to be loving, hopeful and optimistic. I am not always succeeding.

Today the announcement came that a new clinic is opening in Fredericton. I am genuinely happy that underserved populations will be seen - prioritized, in fact - at this clinic.

I am hopeful that those who care about abortion and reproductive health care in New Brunswick - myself, as always, included - can now turn to the real work of organizing for universal access, and for the complete repeal of all anti-choice rules and regulations.

I have a postcard, sent a few years ago by a dear friend, now displayed (perhaps unwisely) in my hall. Last time I wrote, the chant 'The system isn't broken, it was built this way' echoed in my head. Today it is the words on the postcard that I hear - 'There are so many things left to do'.

I am working on making this an optimistic and hopeful message to myself.

Apologies for the vagueness of this post.