Experiencing the full self expression of others

Central station, waiting for the train home. A young man, a total stranger is looking at me intently, like he has something to say. He takes a gulp of air. Fuck yeah I just voted! Ha! you know what I wrote on the ticket? Fuck you Campbell Newman you fuckin arsehole get fucked! And I numbered every square and put LNP L-A-S-T last! He takes another breath and smiles wide, completely lit up. A brief concern flicks over his face. Oh, you don’t like Newman, do you? ‘Hell no,’ I say. His smile returns, he nods. Yeah fuck, I love voting. I told them LNP pricks they were supporting a bunch of areseholes too! ‘The guys handing out the how-to-vote-cards?’Β Yeah – arseholes, I told them! Hey – you know you could go and vote right now – you don’t need to wait till Sat’day!

And now we are both laughing. The middle-aged-librarian-lady and the young-worker-bloke. My train comes. I look at him.

Nah, I’m goin’ to Ipswich.

Thinking about this now, I just feel so proud and excited. Go Ipswich! Go young people! You give me hope and inspiration, you really do πŸ™‚

Published by Rowena McGregor

I am an educator, librarian, & researcher interested in how a transpersonal approach can transform communication and create connections even when we are in conflict. I also love snails -- little metaphors I use to remind myself to take some time to dwell on an idea, to revisit it, to circle around it, for as long as I need before I 'get' it.

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3 Comments

  1. Rowena, this is wonderful. I also feel proud and exhilarated, hearing your story. And the beautiful way you’ve shared it to stay fresh. And this whole blog page experience. Feeling the love and possibility. Go Ro!!

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  2. At first I was worried his vote wouldn’t be counted, but he numbered every box! That’s a valid vote! πŸ™‚
    And as we all know, LNP is out. It’s too bad Labor wasn’t prepared (at all) for a victory. Here’s hoping this term works out alright.

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  3. The result was pretty incredible, if the LNP had set out on purpose to alienate voters they could not have done a better job. All the other candidates had to do was show up πŸ™‚

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