Highlight of this week = booking our South Pacific cruise!! Will be a nice contrast to the deep north Norway in winter! ❄️❄️❄️ Here I come pacific beaches and endless food and island coconuts 🌴 ☀️🌊🌴
Two full days of Youth Mental Health First Aid PD's about depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and substance abuse. So drained but grateful for the increasing awareness and education. Fun fact 1: I didn't realise that PTSD was categorised under anxiety disorders. And when most people say 'anxiety' they specifically mean 'social anxiety' and the others are usually specifically referred to. Fun fact 2: Bipolar disorder is a depressive disorder and not a psychotic disorder. Fun fact 3: Dissociative Personality Disorder is not a Psychotic disorder even though some symptoms overlap.
First day back at work in over 2 months, bye holidays, I'll see you in 11 weeks time 😘
As I sit here waiting for my last flight, I want to take a moment to reflect on the heavy part of our travels. No, not my suitcase, I'm talking about WW2. •Auschwitz •Birkenau •Dachau •Jewish ghettos •Jewish Memorial •Post war Germany under the Soviets •Hitler's bunker •Anne Frank •Book memorial •Third Reich I've learnt a lot on this trip. 6 million Jews Millions of other minority groups including but not limited to; people with disabilities, political prisoners, gypsies, nazi opposers. More that 70 million deaths of prisoners, soldiers and civilians across the world 70 million SEVENTY MILLION Our Brain can't even comprehend one million. 1 million babies 1 million bananas 1 million planes 1 million rats We don't know what that looks like. We have no idea what 70 million of anything looks like. Yet by corrupting the power of ideology, here we are, 70 million lives later. There are still people with living memories of this horrible time. I don't understand Nazi logic, it would be easy to say that they were a buch of mad men who somehow gained power. But the scary thing is that they were professionals; trained in various fields, their crimes were calculated and successfully executed. Madness has nothing to do with it. It's the manifestation of the evil in this world. And for me, something scarier than the previous is that there has been numerous genocides in the history of our world: Carthage, Cambodian, Rwandan, Bosnian, Armenian, Greek, Timor Leste... just to name a few. How do we keep letting horrors like this repeat itself? I could go on but I'm gonna end this post with a hope that we have learnt something from our horrible history. That we will keep educating our future generations on the dangers of hate-speech and propaganda. That we will learn from people who've displayed selfless love, like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, MLK, Joan of Arc, William Wilberforce, Martin Luther, Jesus Christ... That we will raise up a generation who are not afraid to question what is wrong and stand up for what is right. That we will equip our next generation to remember and learn from our past so that we will not repeat it.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Gladiator vibes ⚔️ And also the Colosseum was free to get into as it was the first Sunday of the month! WINNING 👌🏽
Let's just say that I did not win that snowball fight and I found out that we are actual children 👶🏽👶🏼🙄😂❄️☃️
"The world is too small for walls" this quote applied to the Berlin Wall but I hope that we, as a race, have learnt that walls and more division are not what the world needs. Not then and not now. (looking at you Trump) 🙄 What a beautiful way to symbolise freedom on the very bricks that once divided.
Lennon Wall in Prague after lots of Czech Christmas desserts and mulled wine. Perfect. 🙏🏾
Merry Christmas from Berlin where there is plenty of gluehwein to go around In the Christmas markets and apparently bubbles too ❄️🎄🍷