The Winds Of Change

aaeaaqaaaaaaaalwaaaajdnhzjvlyjq1lthizjitnddiyi1izwjjltnintu4mzu2otcxmgToday I went for a walk by myself for the first time in months. I strolled into the village and up the hill past the River Liffey trying to walk at an aerobic rate. It was so cold during the Winter that I rarely went out for a walk. Despite some people telling me I needed to be careful with my asthma I threw caution to the wind, determined to enjoy the improving weather. Winters Icey cold fingers seem to be slipping away and in a few weeks it will be Spring.  Victory was mine as I managed to complete my walk at a reasonable speed!

I love this time of year. I live in quite a green area, in a housing estate surrounded by trees and grass. The rushing water of The Liffey flows nearby. In the Winter all the trees are bare, they lose their blooms and leaves. It gets dark outside and then it gets dark at 3.30 in the day. I feel almost entombed in the Winter.

I can feel Spring in the air now even though it hasn`t quite arrived yet. At the same time there is an election on in Ireland. The current government has left and now it`s time to vote a new one in. The winds of change are here. Irish people have a choice between a new government or endure the same government again.

We have a chance now to make things right in my country. A chance to reverse what has almost been a persecution of the poor and the working class. The government managed Ireland and took us out of almost complete economic collapse. But at a high cost. Suicide has soared to a record high. Forty thousand homeless. Last week the main hospitals told people not to come to hospital unless it was life or death situation. Hospital waiting lists for up to three years in some cases. They say there`s no beds. Most of our young people have immigrated. The government doesn`t seem to care. I could go on and on but I don`t want to disturb you dear reader.

It`s not really my concern who wins in the election. But I really do hope that the real issues of the country are discussed. I really would love the politicians to decide how to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich, between the haves and the have nots. To find a way for people to feel content or at least safe. To repair the damage done to public services as they were starved of finances for so long. I hope the politicians will stick to their promises that they make at peoples doors. I will vote for whoever I think will fulfill their promises.

In my own life I too must change. I must push the boundaries of my health back to the young fit man I was eight months ago. I used to go to the gym but I was unable to due to asthma. I have put together a modest gym at home that suffices for the exercises I need to do and now I must go beyond my home gym now that the weather is getting better.  The winds of change have come to me too.

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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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