I spend an awful lot of time lamenting the troubles of the world. Once after I visited an asylum seeker in a detention center his story and the hardships he went through actually kept me up all night- I couldn’t sleep. I spend a lot of my time reflecting on activities and asking myself “Is this contributing to making the world a better place for everyone?” When I came to the peace convergence, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I vaguely knew that we were going to do something about slowing the war effort. I find it hard to empathise with victims of war- I don’t know what it would be like to be injured or killed by violence from some foreign power- or to lose a loved one that way. I can only imagine I would ask “Why does no-one care? Why doesn’t someone help me?” I got to spend the best two days of my life (so far) at least trying to do something about it. I’ve made great friends who share my ideas (not just ideals) and put my self on the line. I fully expected to be arrested, but I thought to myself, if I can slow down someone getting to work- slow down the Australian/ US war machine, then I can slow down or prevent future victims of war. A lot of people say “you make no difference” or “whats the point- do something else with your life”. But what else would I rather be doing? I spent two days physically resisting war- and earned myself a decent night’s sleep!