Showing Up

One of the things I have been pondering for a while is how campaigners (and indeed writers and other people trying to make the world a better place by whatever means at their disposal) can support each other. There are many facets to this, some philosophical and some practical, but one really simple thing is simply to show up for stuff.

morning clouds

And so, I’ve been making an effort to get out and support other people’s events, even if they don’t feel like a massive priority for me. Sometimes this has felt like a hardship, but on the whole it’s quite nice to be at an event where your only responsibility is to exist.

morning clouds and sunshine

And when it means cycling to Old Nearest Village on a dewy not-quite-managing-to-rain morning to eat cakes and drink tea and exchange gossip in the name of defeating cancer, I can’t even pretend it was an imposition.

ford no progress

(They don’t seem to be making much progress with the ford though, for some reason. They’d better hurry before that paint wears off altogether)

Tomorrow I will be here, being blissfully no-longer-in-charge, but hopefully supportive of those who are.

I could actually get used to this.

3 Responses to Showing Up

  1. Charles says:

    Fill new pannier with books? I wonder how much help goes into Long Meadow. I have managed to put in garlic and red onions to overwinter, put is a few bulbs and bought a Michaelmas daisy, and I am exhausted. Smugly my leeks are at least recognisable, but oddly the ones in pots are better than the ones in the ground.

  2. disgruntled says:

    A bit far even for me to cycle …

  3. […] I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been doing a bit of thinking (and talking) about how campaigners can be more effective […]

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