May reflections

I’m writing this from a chair next to an open window. The sky outside is blue, barely streaked with clouds. The nearby birds are lively and the air is fresh. I spent the long weekend in good company. As May shifts into June, it’s peaceful here.

Elsewhere, though, it’s been a chaotic month. I mentioned in January that it can be hard to reconcile difficult, world-changing events with ordinary life. When the Manchester attack happened, it felt wrong to focus on anything else. But intense observation seemed wrong too. Within minutes and during the hours that followed, tragic losses were turned into content. Circumstances no family would ever wish for were shared over and over again.

Whilst I have been moved by local generosity and community spirit in the city, broader coverage has made me question how distant onlookers react to such events. These tweets feel appropriate:

In such times, quiet support can often be the best course of action.

The same can’t be said for the UK General Election, which is quickly approaching. My online feeds and offline conversations are currently fuelled by a mix of uncertainty and frustration, with a side of optimism. It’s exciting to see people voicing questions, sharing ideas and demanding more from candidates, but change will only happen if we turn up on 8th June. If you’re eligible to vote, please do.

What I’ve been reading:

What I’ve been listening to:

What I’ve been watching: