DECEMBER 25TH - HICCUPS, BIKINI LINES AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS
While most of us are taking Christmas day off, Swansea’s police, firefighters, paramedics, nurses and doctors are doing what they always do and prioritising our safety.
We all know how busy our front-line services have been in 2020, which makes it all the more important that they’re allowed to make the best use of their time. But not all the problems that prompted us to call for help this year have been authentic emergencies.
Welsh ambulance services have reported that they recently had a 999 call from a woman whose bikini line was itching.
Another caller requested emergency medical help with an attack of hiccups.
And in the run up to Christmas, a panicked shopper called 999 when they couldn’t find anywhere that sold brussel sprouts.
As well as indicating that some of us are a little trigger-happy when it comes to dialling 999, it also suggests that people can be too quick to pass ownership of a problem on to someone else and too slow to believe in their own ability to get things done.
How many times have you heard people complain about something they’re unhappy with and wondered what they might accomplish if they took responsibility for it? This has been a tough year, but if we’ve learned anything in 2020 it’s that people who stand up and take action can change things for the better.
If Lisa and Dai Challenger, Amina Jamal and Adella Pritchard had sat back and done nothing, how many people would have missed out on a good meal when they really needed it?
If Donna Roberts had put her feet up and passed the buck, how many children would have missed out on the enjoyment of a craft pack during lockdown?
If Emma Shears and Seren Aldron had said “that’s not in my job description, let someone else do it” how many plans would never have got off the ground? How many of us would have been working in isolation this year instead of coming together to accomplish something worthwhile?
If Peter Black, Chris Holley and Graham Thomas had done what many Councillors around Britain do - the bare minimum - how would we have fared without their constant support and commitment? Would the word "community" have had the same meaning for the people of Cwmbwrla?
Calling for an ambulance when you need one is common sense, but should you do it when you have a slight itch? And calling the police when you’re the victim of a crime is obviously the right thing to do, but dialling 999 when you can’t find a vegetable counter isn’t exactly taking responsibility for your life, is it?
These are your streets as much as anyone’s, so make them what you want them to be. If you don’t like the picture outside you window, paint a new one.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Be the change you want to see in 2021.