“For Manchester is the place where people do things…’Don’t talk about what you’re going to do, do it.’…That is the Manchester habit. And in the past through the manifestation of this quality the word Manchester became a synonym for energy and freedom and the right to do and think without shackles.” – Taken from “What the Judge Saw” by Judge Parry, 1912.
I feel indescribably drained, a feeling that for me, will be fleeting in comparison to the friends and families of those who lost loved ones on Monday.
I am lucky enough to say that I wasn’t there that night, but having friends in Manchester and family that live in the North of England as a whole, has left me with this crippling anxiety.
I cannot even begin to imagine what the whole of Manchester is going through right now. A city that means the complete world to my sister so in turn, means a hell of a lot to me.
I haven’t wanted to post anything for the past few days because even the usually most useful of articles that I produce seems so trivial now. I have spent the past few days attempting to attain a moment of stillness and peace in a world that seems so unbalanced, to say the least.
My sister was talking just recently about what Manchester means to her and I wanted anyone from the city to read it and know that they are so supported by everyone.
“Manchester and the people of Manchester made me who I am today. It’s my favourite place in the world. With my most favourite people in it. When I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I see Manchester.”
My family and I are Northern through and through. We were born there, we we’re raised there. And this is the message that we want to spread.
Protect your happiness and peace. Love each other. Donate. Give charity. It doesn’t always mean money. Stick The Stone Roses on and take time to celebrate the resilience of Mancunian people.
Go to gigs. Go to sporting events. Go to shows of any kind because if you don’t, it means you’re not living. Continue to live your life the way you want to live it. Why should you have to change? You should make changes in life because you want to make them. Never out of fear. Otherwise in some ways that means evil wins and in the eyes of Northerners, evil never wins.
Support each other and no matter how hard it gets, don’t look back in anger. Because that is the Manchester habit.
Manchester we love you.