I wish you the very best of New Years. New years themselves, and the promises of them, are often more hollow and empty because we take with us the practices, patterns, and behaviours of former years. But we all like the idea of a break with the past, if that past has been loaded down with a lack of opportunity or joy, fun, sex, prosperity, or whatever else we would like in abundance.
‘Wishful thinking’ is how you might put much of our ambitions for things; whether that is personal stuff-money, health etc – or social justice, a Brexit or non-Brexit future, the ending of our dreadful toll on the planet. Wishful thinking is imagining, daydreaming, hoping for something, without putting the work in to bring about the desired change.
Last year at New Year I listened to some doctors, including my own GP, about how you could help them in their work; how could you help the NHS to do their job better. My GP said if I had 10 people in the surgery rather the 20 that would be a start.
Talking to nurses they would say the same. Less patients mean more time for people seriously ill. I suggested that we all made a health pledge to stay as healthy as we could so that people who were ill could be concentrated on.
Being in control of your own health, something that we all battle with, is not open to us all
It caused a Twitter storm, my first, because it could also be interpreted as the deserving ill and the undeserving ill. Which a Guardian writer, among others, saw it as.
We have raw nerves over the NHS because it means so much to us. Therefore if someone comes along and says ‘take the pressure off the NHS by staying healthy’ there are some who are going to say ‘how dare you divide the worthy and the unworthy, the deserving and undeserving ill’.