I know this blog is for everything “romantic relationships,” but I want to pivot a bit to acknowledge the Australian bushfires, perhaps from a “relationship” perspective. I think I would appear tone deaf otherwise. It’s like telling your partner about your horrible day, only for him to totally dismiss what you said and start talking about his new workout regimen or something.
Anyway, think about something or someone who gives you a reason to live. It could be your significant other, yourself, your family, your career, a hobby…
Among other things, that’s the environment for me. When I’m not your relationship coach, I’m steeped in climate science and sustainability like a tea bag in a mug of hot water. My relationship with the environment is about as intensely strong and passionate as my romantic relationship, if not stronger.
So, you can imagine the tears I’ve been shedding over the last few days as the heart-wrenching news and imagery came pouring through the internet of what’s been happening in the Land Down Under. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like my heart is being tortured outside of my body as the world burns from afar and the wildlife bleed, burn, and suffer. I feel like the tears that have left my body could water a small plant.
If you felt an emotional impact from what I just said, good. #empathyforthewin
Thankfully, it looks like the world is coming together, grassroots-style, to try to rebuild what was lost. I hope you’re all involved in some way, given that we’re all global citizens. Australia is not for just Australians.
So, as you start your day, week, or weekend, think of all of your relationships that give you a reason to live, whether that’s a relationship with nature, a relationship with your significant other, or a relationship with yourself. Think about the amount of effort you put into keeping those relationships alive. Think about what you can do to strengthen them. Think about why they matter to you.
If you feel anxious and insecure about any of your relationships and need to find peace, reach out. I’m here for you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.