The Musings of Bek Curtis

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Faking It Doesn’t Always Mean You Make It

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Musings | 6 comments

Faking It Doesn’t Always Mean You Make It

 

I’m so tired.

Today has been yuck and messy.
Amid the blah there was brief respite provided by a conversation with my dad… but even then, I faked it a little; laughing when I wanted to cry, playing the fool because ‘backing myself’ seemed a little too committal in my fragile state. I ask you not read that as a reflection on him- it’s not! My dad is great. It’s just that I’m not. Not today.
Today is just hard, and I’m tired.
I’m.So.Damn.Tired.
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All That Glitters

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Musings | 6 comments

All That Glitters

I’m usually not a huge fan of the Open Letter, though I’ve written one or two before, but every time I read one I find myself wondering why these letters must always be public? Say what you need to say in private and then move along on your merry way. Why the need for an audience?
But ever the hypocrite (aren’t we all just a little, if not very well versed in hypocrisy) here I pen/type yet another open letter. The true recipient and any identifying characteristics shall remain anonymous, but the letter itself public, for my own sake. For the sake of accountability. As a not so subtle reminder to me, of self-responsibility, the responsibility of one who so often harps on about organic community and true vulnerability, then not-so-subtly veers off course.




Hey,

I’ve seen you around at church. Unfortunately until the other day we hadn’t had a chance to meet, at least not properly, but I’ve been watching you. Yep, I know that sounds creepy. But it’s not in that creepy stalker way, but with curiosity. I’ve been reading you, trying to glean images of your story and put them together.
I could be totally wrong, but I think I’ve managed to view some of the collage that is you…

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Struggle Streets

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Musings | 0 comments

Struggle Streets

 

I write this article doing something a ‘writer’ never should- I write full of assumption, because I really do thrive on being improper.
I write, assuming that if you’ve not seen it, you’ve at the very least, been exposed to the controversy that is Struggle Street. The ‘warts and all’ documentary aired on SBS, of Mt Druitt residents as they navigate life in an suburb of atmospheric hopelessness.

If there’s one thing I hope Sydney-siders have learned this week, through the discussion, debate, and vitriol of not just the documentary itself, but the people themselves- and let’s not get lost in the word ‘people’ as just a verb, let’s instead embrace its essence, real, living people who showed immense trust and courage by allowing themselves and their vulnerabilities to be beamed around the nation for this documentary, it’s that the divide between ‘Us and Them’, confronting and ugly as it may be to admit, is still a gaping chasm that must be closed.

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Inconvenient Community

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Musings | 0 comments

Inconvenient Community

convenient
k?n?vi?n??nt/
adjective
adjective: convenient
1.
fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans.
“I phoned your office to confirm that this date is convenient”
synonyms: suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable; More
trouble-free, labour-saving; useful, handy, practical, serviceable; user-oriented

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