Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek
It seems our world gets darker and more confusing all the time. Bushfires, floods and extreme weather suggests that climate change is real and yet our governments still hesitate to take real action. In America COVID and Trumpism dominate and everyone seems divided about what it all means.
The spirit of connection that binds us all together, humans, animals and the Earth seems to be desperately breaking apart.
I live surrounded by beauty and it reminds me that the connection is real, but so many others are suffering from loss. I am grateful for what I have in my small world but there’s much to worry about.
Personally I’ve felt devastated lately about the NSW government’s decision to close parts of our railway here in the Northern Rivers. I believe the government can afford it, and our communities need it, but they just don’t care. I’ve been banging my head against a brick wall on this issue and now my head hurts.
I know there is support from all the people who need rail but they’re the last ones to be heard. We need to build that support and bring it together.
A wonderful surprise right now is that I can go out dancing. Something lovely emerges from the COVID restrictions and we can dance again.
It’s not a railway that can save us from traffic congestion and transport emissions. It’s just something that helps me to keep going and not give up. I treasure the small blessings.