Hello all... How are you?
Is anyone in Melbourne else feeling anger today? I have spent the last 2 days almost totally plugged into guided meditations and podcasts trying to tame the deep and, sadly, very toxic anger I’m feeling. I’m angry that I see borders opening for everyone else, but never a mention of us. I’m angry at the well-intentioned but beyond patronising messages I’ve been getting from interstate – “you’re lucky you’re not in France and UK”, sent with an accompanying photo of them at a restaurant. I’m angry that regional Victoria has jumped on the “Keep the disease-ridden Melbourne filth” away from us, but “We want metro Melbourne’s money”. I’m angry that DHHS has once again screwed up by not letting schools know that a kid shouldn’t be going to school. I’m angry at the humiliation of seeing the MCG looking pathetically empty last night while Queenslanders had a grand old time at the Gabba... I’m angry that people interstate NEVER NEVER NEVER acknowledge, let alone express gratitude, that we’ve been in lockdown so that they don’t have to be. We now know that Victoria’s second wave wasn’t caused by our behaviour, but by the hotel quarantine debacle, yet I’ve never ONCE heard an apology from interstate for the blaming and shaming, the “if only you’d followed the rules” narrative... I’ve never heard an apology for the smart ar*e memes and mockery people interstate tool great joy in throwing our way – kick-a-vic seems to be the nation’s favourite sport. I’m angry that interstaters send me photos of themselves with friends having a night out at a restaurant, in the same breath asking me how I am. Am I supposed to send them a photo of me on the sofa?
In case it isn’t obvious, I’m one very very bitter and angry Melburnian, and sentiments from friends here aren’t much different. Time for the rest of Australia to not only express their gratitude to us, but to also reflect on how you’ve treated us. We’re not the nation’s disease-ridden filth. You owe us not only a HUGE debt of gratitude, but also a HUGE, GROVELLING apology. But I’m not holding my breath.
Otherwise, I’m fine! I hope you are all too!
Signed “One very angry, very bitter Melburnian”
I don't need to be convinced that all at Beyond Blue are going into bat for us here in Melbourne - it's very much appreciated. But I'd like you to spend some time looking online to read and therefore understand why I'm ashamed to call myself Australian. Disgusted even