Positive change in our communities

March 13, 2024

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Sacha Healy explores how his interests support his wellbeing

Since my primary school days, I’ve been deeply immersed in the world of football. The thrill of watching football matches has always been an integral part of my life. The emotional rollercoaster that comes with the result of a match is undeniable; victory fills me with energy, while defeat leaves me feeling dejected.

In the realm of football, my allegiance lies with Arsenal. Beyond just supporting a team, football for me embodies a unique culture that unites fans with a shared purpose. When I witness the passion of fellow fans during a match, I’m struck by the realisation that the players don’t owe me anything, yet their dedication and hard work make me feel indebted to them for the joy they bring to my weekends.

Delving into the psychology of football, I find that investing emotionally in a team serves as a socially acceptable outlet for expressing intense feelings. It’s an indirect method of communicating, especially among men, who are socialised to be less emotionally open. The shared experiences of the fan community create a sense of camaraderie. This unity provides a platform for individuals to express their emotions through the lens of a team’s successes and failures.

Another passion of mine is Formula 1 (F1), an international motor racing sport. My support is firmly behind Lewis Hamilton. I make it a point to watch every Grand Prix and qualifier, even if it means waking up early to catch races in different time zones. It’s the only thing that will get me out of bed at 6am!

Hitting a perfect golf swing, triggers a rush of endorphins and an overwhelming sense of well-being

The thrill of F1, with its fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing races, provides an exhilarating high-octane experience. Watching races with my brother, who supports Hamilton and Williams, adds to the enjoyment as we rally behind UK racers.

Beyond watching football and F1, my love of sports extends to playing squash and golf. Squash became a part of my life through my dad, who is an avid player, while my grandparents’ passion for golf introduced me to the sport. Hitting a perfect golf swing, I’ve discovered, is akin to therapy, triggering a rush of endorphins and an overwhelming sense of well-being.

As well as being a sports lover I’m an avid film fan. A particular film that revolutionised my thinking is The Big Short, about the 2008 financial crisis. It illustrates the real-world consequences of financial decisions and their impact on individuals and society. This film changed my perspective and empowered my understanding of an important part of world economic history.

I realised the ramifications of economic decisions, and how the manipulation of the economy by banking executives resulted in the devastating consequences suffered by ordinary, hard-working people. It’s made me appreciate how impactful filmmaking can be.

I also appreciate the increased visibility of marginalised groups and movements such as #MeToo, shedding light on widespread issues of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination against women. Greater visibility in the public arena encourages more people to come forward. It’s positive that younger generations are increasingly aware of the atrocious experiences of marginalised groups and are open to listening to others’ stories.

Let’s listen to different viewpoints, find common ground, and work together for positive change in our communities.

Sasha is studying creative media production at Barnet and Southgate College. In his spare time he likes playing competitive sports. Sacha regularly keeps up with current and historical politics.

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