2018 was going to be great.
And now, 6 months in, 2018 has been a year where everyone seems to be struggling to find the good. When we said goodbye to the septic tanks that were 2016 and 2017, bidding adieu to what seemed like constant misery, 2018 said, "Hold my beer."
And the little victories, even the big ones sometimes, seem to be swamped by a constant shit storm. It's easy to feel like they are winning.
For whatever reason, when VOCM just played "Let it Be" it felt like a gut punch I can only compare to hearing "Fiddler's Green" the day Gord Downie died.
I guess that's just it - we have to let it be.
We have to keep fighting and pushing through.
We have to keep helping one another.
We have to keep reaching out for help, and to help.
We have to keep our heads above water.
We have to keep surging forward.
And, by doing so, we will come out the other end.
I always try to remember one of my favourite quotes from Mr. Rogers: "“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
We can all be helpers.
If you are struggling or need to reach out to someone, there are options:
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/
In Newfoundland and Labrador there is the 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668
And reach out to your friends and family. I promise nobody will turn away.
I hate you, 2018. But there isn't really a whole lot I can do about it.
"Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom,
Let it be."