Last Friday on my way to the Climate Strike with my boys I bumped into Maff on the train who is another dad from the school.
I'm not sure we've ever chatted before, but just done that 'i recognise you' nod when our paths crossed. Anyway, amongst playing the jelly bean challenge we got talking about what he was up to and he told me about Camerados. I told him about my blogging. We had an immediate connection, life's funny like that.
In essence a Camerado is halfway between a stranger and a friend, people just alongside each other, no fixing, no agenda, just there. It's a movement of people who look out for each other, in daily life or in Public Living Rooms (pop up spaces) where people can go to relax, chat and look out for each other.
These are their principles
I really like this idea. I like the idea of having people to chat to who will listen. I like the idea of being one of those people who someone can chat to and I will listen.
Being kind, and human is the most important thing we can do.
I beat myself up quite a lot that I feel like I give more than I receive, that I care too much. But this is not something I should do, I should be proud that I care, I should care less about what other people are like, I should not compare, I should not need others attention or gratitude, I should be confident in my own value.
I should just try and be a camerado.
Mr Paul Wyse