I hear this phrase on my travels quite a bit, particularly in recent times. It is what it is. It is delivered in a stoic manner, conjuring images of plucky resolve and British stiff upper lipness. Yes, times are tough but we just need to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. The old Blitz spirit and all that. We will get through it somehow and once on the other side will look back at how strong and courageous we were in the face of such indomitable odds.
Such an attitude is viewed as a positive attribute, something to be admired in an individual. But is it? For to me, it speaks more of a negative, defeatist frame of mind. I have looked at the situation from every angle and come to the considered conclusion that there is not one thing I can do to improve my circumstances and those of the people around me. It’s game over and we best just batten down there hatches until events have run their inevitable course.
We are creatures of freewill. We don’t have to accept our lot. We can say ‘no’ just as easily as we can say ‘yes.’ I’m as guilty as anyone of the ‘I’m giving up, glass half empty’ mentality and, believe me, I annoy myself greatly on said failing. But I’m trying to improve in this area of my life. I’m endeavouring to use the little influence I have on this platform to reach out to others and say…it doesn’t have to be this way.
It’s okay to turn against the tide and go against the grain now and again. It’s alright to stand up and be counted. You might think your efforts amount to very little but, as individuals and as a collective, we can create change. Change for the better. The status quo does not, must not be the norm, especially if it’s a place we do not wish to remain. We deserve better than being beaten down by others. It doesn’t have to be this way. It isn’t what it is.