“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure? Measure a year?” (Lyrics Seasons of Love, Rent)
Powerful words, and given the year we have had, they have a very significant meaning, especially as a Victorian and a Carlton FC supporter. So how do we measure 2021, given what has been played out in the media and on social media, regarding what has transpired at our club?
I can honestly say that I have learned a lot about many who spout words that carry no real meaning. I have learned that some steep to online name-calling, bullying on social media then turnaround and insist on equality and respect. I have learned that if you have a different view or opinion, you are not a true Carlton supporter.
The most wonderful thing about our society is that people can have differing views and opinions without being arrested, jailed or beaten up (in most cases). Yet, for some, the very difference is what irks them, and they cannot and do not accept this. They resort to a low that is similar to the low that we saw when protestors literally desecrated the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria. I have no issue with anyone’s right to disagree, but it must be done with integrity and respect, any other way, and you are no better than the countries where speaking out could cost you your life.
Our club this year went through a significant overhaul, and some were excited about this; some were not. Some embraced it, some did not. Some were adamant that the club had got it right; some were skeptical. No matter what side you sit on or what you believe, it will take five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes to measure the success or failure of 2022.
As for me, I have been skeptical and hesitant, but it does not make me any inclined to not support a club I love. I don’t support a club based on a person or persons. I base it on the club as a whole. People come and go, but the foundation of what makes a club is the one that should be supported. It should also be nurtured and strengthened by a culture that includes everyone, no matter their views (regarding the club).
So for the last time in 2021, may the season be one of togetherness, happy times and a feeling of what the club and footy must stand for – community.
May 2022 measure our year that sees us close the door to the last ten years and open it anew with a sense of hope and promise of possibilities. May we embrace our differences with respect and understand that we all want the same thing – a successful club in the end!
Merry Christmas to all that celebrate it, and a happy, safe and keep well, New Year.