Community

Since arriving onto these beautiful islands I’ve met lots of people. Some come to work here to leave behind a world that no longer works for them. Others come here to make a difference on the islands and to share their unique skills. For some its an adventure and for others its to enable someone else to achieve their goals.

For me, its a mix of things but mainly its for adventure and to have space to create. I have no delusions about my creative ability – its pretty poor when it comes to art, averagely adequate when sewing and under developed when writing.  But I find that being here gives me some space to learn a new way of living; one which gives me time to read, write, connect with a vast array of people and to make nice stuff.

Most people who come here for work find that there is little frill in the accommodation provided and that they must purchase or rent things are we may consider essentials such as a fridge, washing machine, phone, the internet, a TV or radio. There are few places for people to go at night; only a few restaurants and bars and no cinema in Stanley. Its also quite hard to get away from your colleagues in a small city where when you walk down the road you are likely to bump into someone you know.

Recently I met an group of people who are here to work. Here without family they work extremely hard. Its a way of making an income but I suspect the cost to them  is the time they would otherwise spend with families. I noticed that a few people seemed very lonely; these were the people who have no-one waiting for them at home. They seem to enjoy the camaraderie of working with a group of like-minded people and for a few months they become a part of a small community that watches out and cares for them. Each day they have a laugh or they can normally find some to chat with, even if its just to commiserate on the sports results.

I wonder if loneliness is one of the hardest things to overcome? I wonder if one day the NHS will admit that loneliness is as bad for your health as obesity or smoking?

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  1. Yes loneliness is a growing problem, especially when men retire and lose their social network from work. Here in Australia we have the men’s shed movement specifically focused on providing help and support for older men. I’m now president (!) Of the local branch and it does good work for the community. Krgds. Jim Ps. I’m enjoying your blog

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