Today 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.