Life is always changing, however we are attuned now more than ever to experiences of uncertainty and upheaval both personally and collectively. While many speak of being worn down, tired, burned out, I also trust our inherent desire for choice, connection, and control.
In our democracy, we are afforded the opportunity, privilege, and (if I may be so bold) obligation to lend our voice to the future direction of public affairs, both on a national and local level. From a mental health perspective, how we feel is an integration of our internal state and the external environment, which, for better or worse, includes politics. This is why I encourage everyone to create the life you are proud of, ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ as Mahatma Gandhi says and ultimately, be aware of yourself, the process and be alive and engaged!
To feel alive in this time, discern personal values and priorities. Define how they can be operationalized in everyday life. Then become informed of options available in the upcoming elections. One way to learn is through my favorite news site on municipal matters: The Sprawl, which focuses on amazing local content. https://www.sprawlalberta.com/
Check out their Election Edition, which covers who the candidates are and what council did and didn’t do since the last election, amongst other noteworthy articles.
And remember that to feel heard and seen, it matters for each of us to get out and vote on Monday, September 20th in the Federal Election and Monday, October 18th in the Municipal Election.