We all know the old saying - more money than sense. Well money doesn't drive me. It affects me (a lot) but it certainly doesn't come close to driving me.
For me, that saying should be changed to read - more passion than sense. My goodness, I have passion! My two main passions (I have many) are creating good support for people with disabilities, and anyone who could do with a hand in life, and the environment. To be more specific about my environmental passion, I would like to see everybody living their everyday lives in a way that is respectful of the environment. I don't want to hug trees, though it sounds kinda nice, or picket at parliament about the urgency of acting on climate change, though I feel like I should. No. I believe if everyone gave their normal, everyday activities more thought, the rest would sort itself out.
My concern with my passion is that I am not necessarily knowledgeable - just outspoken. I have embarrassed myself to the point of feeling humiliated at forums for election candidates because I don't understand the processes. Now I have found an amazing group of people near me that are very pro-active about environmental issues. I am starting to feel I have a network that is growing year by year. A real, live face-to-face network, not just this wonderful online one. I've never spoken with people, who feel as passionate as me about environmental issues, in person.
I attended a meeting this week and I feel like a novice. True to form, I said what I felt but found myself wondering if people were thinking, "Derrr, we discussed that in 1985! Goes without saying!" But my passion will continue to drive me and I will persist and I'm sure that soon I will feel comfortable and that I have caught up to where the others are at. I'm really looking forward to becoming more active and being able to help drive change as part of a community of like mindeds.
As for disability, I don't expect to ever feel comfortable or knowledgeable about politics. It is such a complicated system. But I will continue to keep learning about how the government deals with disability and I will continue to have my say. I'm sure I will also continue to humilate myself and lie in bed at night wondering if I sounded like a fool. But I will know I was not apathetic and I will know I am doing everything I can.
I will be passionate for the rest of my life and I hope I make sense along the way!