In a year when we will watch the world we know change (one way or another) I find myself thinking back to a conversation I had years ago about giving blood.
An old friend, a nurse, was excited about giving blood - she and her family all give blood at the same time on the same day. She asked if I wanted to go along and I made my usual noises about not wanting to.
"Are you scared of needles?" she asked.
"No, I just get a funny feeling when needles are inside me," I replied.
"So to save you from a little discomfort you'd rather someone else goes without a blood transfusion?"
I was now stuck in a logic trap. Of course my discomfort wasn't more important than saving someone's life. I remember feeling my comfort zone discolve as I realised: I don't have a reason to NOT give blood.
Looking for other excuses I found none. I'm healthy enough, I'm full of blood - I get a little fidgety when I'm being stabbed with a needle. Maybe I can be busy that day - but it doesn't take too long, there's always a Blood Service Collection somewhere nearby. Balls.
So, I agreed to go and give blood...and it was uncomfortable and squirmy and I wasn't allowed a biscuit (you don't get a biscuit on your first go). But, in the end I gave blood - a pint of me went in to someone else a little while later and got them through a surgery, treatment or an emergency.
I didn't have a reason NOT to do it.
Part of this year's work is to embrace the motto 'If you're gonna say it, you've got to do it.'
The world may seem in a minor crisis at present of a lot of people saying things they will never do themselves.
'They should ban [insert villain du jour] and string them up!'
'THEY should look after the people that matter...'
'THEY SHOULD do everything I can't be bothered to do...'
It seems to be the one thing we can use to identify the mindset that is crashing humanity in to choking death of CO2/NO2/Methane and chaos - they the folks that sit there saying to no-body in particular what a mythical 'they' should 'do' about someone else' life, whilst never seeming to do anything about it themselves.
Not me. Not this year.
Part of RADICAL YOU! is going to be learning more about what I CAN be doing...and then, doing it. I may feel uncomfortable, or put out, or squirmy about it...but that's no reason NOT to do it.
NOTE: I had a tattoo and fell out of the habit of giving blood. I'm just googling for my nearest donation station now.
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