Through Rose Coloured Glasses
On December 6, 1989, twenty-five-year-old Marc Lepine entered Ecole Polytechique in Montreal. He was carrying a rifle and was on a mission to kill the women he saw as feminists and a threat to men. The engineering students were taken off guard as Marc ordered all the men to leave the room and began to shoot the female students. Six women were killed instantly and 3 more were left injured.
Although Remembrance Day falls on the week-end this year, I hope people will still take time to attend ceremonies and acknowledge our veterans. It seems that each year, more people take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies. This may be because we have a new group of veterans now – young men and women who have taken part in the war in Afghanistan and in peace keeping missions. Young people who may consider WW1 and WW2 as “ancient history” have found a new significance in honouring our soldiers, as it is now men and women of their generation who are being honoured and remembered. In a way that baby boomers have not had their own wars to remember, our children and grandchildren do. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents lost members of their generation on battlefields, our children and grand-children have also.
I admire people who succeed even when fighting against incredible odds. The human spirit is undeniable strong. The story of W. Mitchell is an inspirational real life tale of what we can accomplish when we refuse to say “I can’t”. I’ve written about W. Mitchell before in this column, but I believe his story is worth repeating.
Believe it or not, there is now scientific proof that touching someone or giving someone a hug will actually cause changes in your body that make you happier, more relaxed and less stressed. According to the Touch Research Institute in Florida, hugging and touching each other has more medical, psychological and emotional benefits than doctors and scientists every realized before.