As long as I’ve had any degree of political awareness I’ve dreamt of a better world – a world free of sexism, racism and ableism, a world where no one goes hungry, a world where we’ve learnt to co-exist with the environment, a world where knowledge is valued. But I had to make my own way in the world that actually is. I became cynical. I learnt to cut my dreams down to size. I got used to prejudice, injustice, the environmental crisis… Becoming a parent has changed that. I’m seeing the world again with fresh eyes. The hard, crusty coating of cynicism has broken and my idealism shines through again. After all, who knows what’s possible? What I do know is what’s necessary… You see, I know a toddler who is bright, kind, generous, adventurous and irrepressible. She is growing up so fast. Soon she’ll be setting out to make her own way in the world and that means: change is necessary. Because, the thing is, she deserves so much more than what the Status Quo has to offer.
Apply it to your life: Has becoming a parent changed your politics? What kind of world you do want your children to inherit?