I have decided that this year, 2018, is the year that I join a gym – for the first time in my life. The build-up to doing this and the commitment felt huge! In hindsight it’s taken easily seven years for me to find the courage to make it happen.
Sometimes I wonder if therapists, in general, have a bit of an image problem. So this month I decided to play the role of Agony Aunt.
My birthday’s coming up soon. Looking in the mirror, I seem to notice a new wrinkle on my face almost every day, lately, although that might be just the thought of getting another year older making my imagination work overtime!
It’s strange how when we’re young, some of us can’t wait to be grown up. But when we become adults, people often talk about birthdays as if they are something to be afraid of. I heard someone the other day say, “I’ll be ‘the big 3-0’ soon!”, with a frightened look on her face. It made me take notice of her words, because when this birthday has passed, I’ll be ‘the big a-lot-more-than-that’.
Birthdays measure time passing; and with time, people get older. It’s just the way it is. But are those changes we go through as we age something to be frightened of?
We here at DPSN can hardly believe it’s December already! After what feels like a bit of a marathon through the last few months, we’re finally starting to wind down and will be taking a well earned break from the blog until February 2018.
This year has been the sixth year that DPSN has been running in it’s current format – we can’t quite believe it! Over 2017 DPSN has only grown, reaching over 30,000 readers – nearly 200 of you following the Wordpress blog – and almost 1000 liking our Facebook page.
We’ve also now posted over 430 blogs, which is an amazing achievement for our dedicated core team as well as our generous guest bloggers. A huge thank you to Nikki for her contributions to her guest blog Nikki’s Natter this year – we hope you’ve enjoyed her blogs as much as we have!
This month, Philip considers the question of whether we should use our privilege – either for our own benefit, or for the benefit of others. I’ve been reflecting on privilege over the last week since it came up during the last session of Be. Leadership. The questions I’ve been grappling with are: Should you use your privilege…
The election is over and, after 9 years, New Zealand has a different government. As with any election, hopes are high for some that this will mean better lives for the more marginalized in New Zealand society, while others are concerned about how much that better life for others will cost them to contribute to in taxes.
For one young man called Sagar Narayan and his family, the new government means that he will have his case with immigration looked at again. Mr Narayan was due to be deported from New Zealand to his native Fiji because he has an intellectual disability, and his future care was previously deemed to cost the health system in this country too much.
We finish off our interview with Rachel Harrison about child sexual abuse and power
Our DPSN theme for November is ‘Power and privilege’ – we thought this would be timely given election season has just passed! Power and privilege can affect our lives in many ways; either because we have it, or because we don’t. We’ve asked our bloggers this month to share their thoughts on power and privilege, and how it shapes the world around them. We want to hear your thoughts on power and privilege too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.