I had the privilege of spending four years in state parliament defending the vulnerable – standing up for the lives of preborn babies, the lives of children being exploited and abused, the lives of people with disability who remain vulnerable throughout their life stages, the lives of women enslaved in prostitution and the lives of the elderly who are being pressured to complete their life prematurely.
I often said that we needed to work together to systematically, methodically and deliberately rid our society of the reasons why we have such prevalent vulnerability, abuse and exploitation in our community.
Unfortunately, this left me with a lot of unfinished business. There is so much left to do.
Perhaps I will always have unfinished business – after all, there will always be evil in the world – but as I reach the middle of my life I feel an increasing determination that when I reach the end of my life I want to be able to say, “When it counted, I did not run and hide, I stood in the gap for the vulnerable, and I was not silent about the things that mattered.”
So, it is now my resolve to continue to do just that. This is about living life with purpose – and living life on purpose.
Throughout the next few months I will be commentating on what is going on in society, identifying ways like-minded people can come together to counteract cultural decay (from protecting family values to participating in pro life activism) and generally encouraging people to find their life purpose and live it. Watch your inbox every Tuesday for my next instalment of “Life with Dr Rachel PhD”.
This does not need to be a one-way conversation. Let me know what your priorities and concerns are for the year and we can look at addressing shared interests together. Each Thursday I will publish “let’s talk about life” where I will directly respond to concerns raised. You can start this conversation by messaging me here.
Until next time,
PS: I have deliberately not addressed a return to politics in my first blog post, because I simply have not found a clear avenue (or a clear calling) to do so right now. This will not stop me from commentating politically – I have a feeling both state and federal governments will give me a lot of material to work with over the course of this year!