Every day at the moment seems to bring some new hit of bad news or prediction of future problems. It feels almost overwhelming. India Knight wrote recently in The Sunday Times that Strictly Come Dancing was providing her with the only light relief to be had at the moment. All sequins and sparkle and fluff but she would take her respite from the news where she could get it. And I quite agree.
Sometimes I long for a time travelling device. I have always wanted to go to the past before now, should I get such a machine. But now I just want the US election over, Brexit done in whatever manner. The uncertainty is horrendous. I want to visit, say, 2020 and just check what has happened. So I can mentally prepare myself and my family for whatever is going to happen over the next four drawn out years. To say nothing of knowing what has taken place in the Middle East, Russia, etc.
Normally I say to my children that they should not be wishing time away. And I do still stand by that mantra. We should live in the moment and enjoy life to the best of our ability. Enjoy the small pleasures. The trouble at the moment is, it is increasingly hard to enjoy the small things when such huge beyond-our-control decisions loom over us. Booking a holiday? Oh, well it might cost you twice as much as you thought by the time it comes round but hey, that's Brexit-land for you.
And it is not just the small pleasures. It is the everyday life decisions which are being affected. Education, employment, future finances, care for the elderly, the health service. Thanks to the selfish decisions made by arrogant politicians, our country has been thrown into indecision and chaos. And it is worsening day by day.
I have often wondered what it was like for my family in India during the time preceding Partition. The uncertainty, that is. Partition led to one of the biggest mass movements of people ever seen and also to horrifying violence. Its 'design' was mainly based on decisions by ill-informed, arrogant politicians and civil servants. Sounding familiar?
Sick of the uncertainty as I am though, I do actually believe it is vital to remain engaged in what is going on, no matter how painful. There is little political opposition of worth in the UK at present. It is up to all of us therefore to keep up the pressure for transparency (and common sense!). Much as it is tempting to sink in the mire of bad news, we should be making our voices heard as loudly as we possibly can rather than admitting defeat.