What is an ordinary day for you? I guess that the answer is different for all of us, but probably follows a rhythm of waking up, getting up, having some breakfast, doing a morning routine, doing what needs to be done for the day, eating meals, taking a break at some point, then evening routine and then bed.
But what if something subtle changes, then something else, and maybe there is a change that does register, but by then, it’s too late and suddenly the ‘ordinary’ is now different to the ordinary that was ordinary only just a few moments ago?
“Ordinary is what you’re used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will, it will become ordinary. ” (The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood)
Today I have been listening to this week’s Guilty Feminist podcast (for those of you who don’t know it, look it up; I describe it as a cross between Woman’s Hour and the best stand up comedy with a diverse panel; it is HILARIOUS as well as incredibly thought provoking) discussing links between the current world we live in, and the dystopian feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Deborah Frances-White, one of the hosts, said the following;
“Do you remember when we were all angry because we thought it was a fascist act to find a free U2 album on our phones?
That was three years ago this month. Three years ago Obama was in the White House, Brexit was a twinkle in Boris Johnson’s eye…
Things are changing at a great rate, and some kind of resistance is needed.”
Our “ordinary” today is a very different “ordinary” to three years ago, and resistance is needed.
I am interested in forging strong, resilient, diverse, collaborative, honourable networks of people and places. Important conversations need to be had, about what has changed and what we can do to ensure that the values of diversity, equality, democracy, free speech, mutual respect and opportunity for all are upheld. The ‘ordinary’ that we were used to, is slipping away from us, and we need to all be finding our way to resist the changes that are subtly happening, before it is too late.