Well we are now into the last month of the year and it is Human Rights Month! How exciting is that! Well I think so anyway.
I am ashamed to admit it is a few weeks since I wrote a blog. I am attending a celebration this evening to mark the end of a Digital Marketing Project, part of which I attended as a delegate on a workshop. It was really useful and interesting and it actually motivated me to renew my website and start blogging again. This year has been much busier for me and although I cannot attribute it directly to the workshop, I do believe that contributed to the overall success of the year.
Human Rights is a topic I am very passionate about and I touch on it many times in the training I write and deliver. I mainly deliver workshops on people skills, so you can see how this goes hand in hand with Human Rights.
When I was growing up and in my teens and even into my early 20s, I had never heard of or considered Human Rights, nor did I understand I had the right to be ME. I thought I had to conform and live my life as other people around me did because anything else was totally unacceptable. If I didn't conform I would shame myself and my family. I loved my family dearly so why would I even contemplate doing something that would cause them so much distress? So I didn't. I conformed.
No regrets though, no point as I cannot (nor can anyone else) change the past. I can do something about the here and now though and that will affect the future.
When I was 15 I was passionate about acting, and I was actually pretty good at it. The one thing I wanted to do was go to drama school. No one took me seriously, so I didn't. The fact is that so many actors struggle desparately to earn a living from acting, but to give it your best and strive to do what you are passionate about is so important.
I've managed to do lots of acting though and combined that with a career doing other stuff too. Today some of my work is as a professional actor and I would like to hope that will continue and get even better for the future.
Over 10 years ago I made a massive change to my life. My wife and I having been married for 27 years separted. It was a conscious decision on my part as I struggled with accepting what my sexuality was for all of my "younger" life and finally accepted who and what I was much later. I wanted to be free to be ME. It was hard on all of us, me and my family.
Now more than 10 years on I have come so far thanks to my lovely family and friends.
We all have our rights and just because we don't conform to other people's ideals it should never stop us living.
Have a fabulous Human Rights Month!