Sure, I’m idealistic – a dreamer, if you like. But I am dreaming of something better.

Sure, I’m idealistic – a dreamer, if you like. But I am dreaming of something better.

Perhaps now is the perfect time – the only chance we will EVER get – to stop putting our governments, and the banks, and corporations first. I guarantee they’re not thinking about you and me, except as fuel for their profit machines.

Maybe now is the time we should stop putting our 40-plus-hour work week first. Sacrificing our nights and weekends to play catchup at the expense of family and friends.

Maybe now it’s time to refocus. To wipe the slate clean. Change the paradigm. Rewrite the rule book.

Maybe – just maybe – now is the only chance we will ever get to reprioritise our entire lives, the way we think, the care and attention and time we spend on those who should be more important (ie, those we love) versus those we endure to survive (ie, work, and our corrupt and self-serving leaders)

Perhaps it’s time to stop killing ourselves to live in jobs we hate, to stop thinking how we can profit from this, and start being there more for those we love, in a hands-on, practical way. To be there for our neighbours, our extended families and friends. Our communities as a whole. To follow our dreams.

I know it will be hard to change our thinking – we’ve had it ingrained in us since birth that we must behave and have a job and make and income and provide… but this may well be the only time in 100 years so many people will have their jobs and income torn from them. This may be the only time in any of our lifetimes that our day-to-day lives are shutdown for an extended period.

Wouldn’t it be great if something positive came from this?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if instead of more hateful trolling online, bitching about not being able to do the things we enjoy (or even the things we complain about anyway), let alone any potential descent into looting, vandalism and suburban unrest, instead we could turn this into a time of renewed community spirit?


Of creating deeper, unbreakable bonds with those family and friends we love but see so fleetingly?

Of realising that the way business does things has been wrong all these years – that there IS a better way to move forward?

There will never be a better time than right now to start thinking about how to make the world – even our own small wedge of it – better.

Sure, I’m idealistic – a dreamer, if you like.


But what if this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change things for the better for us all?

Do you really want to let that slip through your fingers?



Shane Pinnegar
Shane Pinnegar is an author, chef and music/pop culture writer who lives in Western Australia. He has a lovely wife, two rambunctious dogs with no respect for personal space, especially on the sofa or bed, twenty-something koi, a flock of itinerate galahs who visit regularly, and a never-comprehensive-enough rock n' roll record collection.

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