I woke up this morning, 80+ years old, feeling like Wonder Woman, maybe not invincible, but ready to meet the day. Over many years I have had two knee replacements, cataract surgery, partial dentures, and breast cancer surgery (twice). I am TRIPLE Vacced and have had my Flu shot so I don’t need golden bracelets to deflect the bombardment of viruses. All of this I can attribute to my luck to be living in Canada
I have been educated, worked for 30 years, and now I am enjoying the benefits of monthly pensions that keep me comfortably. There are many organizations (like Confederation Park) to provide opportunities to enhance my life through entertainment, socialization, recreation and travel. I appreciate the role played by technology. Over the years there was telephone, radio, and television and now I have a cell phone, laptop computer, along with the Internet which keep me informed. They provide the facts and opinions I need to help me be an informed citizen. All these things again are possible because of my luck to be living in Canada.
Around the world Canada is viewed as one of the most desirable places for people who are searching for a better life. Some wait years and face many obstacles until they are welcomed here. No matter their culture, race, or religion, Canada prides itself on the mosaic created by our diversity. Unfortunately, there is a danger of some groups putting their own agendas ahead of the common good. This self-serving approach is picking away at our multicultural “quilt”. We all deserve comfort, respect and dignity as we promote our similarities and appreciate our diversity. These ideals seem possible to me because of my luck to be living in Canada.
I am not Wonder Woman, Princess Warrior. My tiara is tarnished, my super senses are fading, and I don’t have a “ Lasso of Truth”. I managed to arrive at old age with some worry about the tattering of our multicultural identity, but with optimism about the future. We don’t have a Wonder Woman or any Super Heroes to help us. We must work together to set aside our differences and promote our sameness. I believe this is possible because of my luck to be living in Canada.