I’ve been meaning to mention a forum I spoke briefly at on Wednesday before the election in Canberra.
It was a gathering of young people (and some of their families and supporters) at Parliament House who had won a writing competition on human rights issues. There was a booklet of the winning entries which were full of really good stories and many of the winners were there to read out their entries to the gathering.
There was one person there I’d met before a couple of time who lives in Port Augusta – so full of energy and enthusiasm despite the potential to get dispirited after befriending so many detainees and seeing which being locked up for so long has done and is doing to them.
I always enjoy going to the forums and gatherings with younger people. They probably don’t realise how much energy they give me, but it always gives me a boost to know that there is such enthusiasm out there amongst so many young people, trying to make a difference. I try not to preach too much at them – probably unsuccessfully – and just try to encourage them to keep doing what they feel they should in whatever area they believe needs it. It’s not so much what they do, but rather that they do something – there’s so many people who just sit back and let others steer this world down a path that it really shouldn’t be going.
I had to leave for a while after my speech but managed to get back to hear a few of the others read their stories. One of the winners who read out a story has a blog – http://www.boytoworld.blogspot.com/ . In amongst the description of that day, there’s a line that I’ll borrow. It sort of deals a bit with what many Australians are wrestling with after the election, wondering what they can do. “control what you can control, and for the rest, let the chips fall where they may” I guess it’s another way of saying not to waste energy worrying about things that you can’t make a difference on, and focus on things where you can.