The Big Issue : Edition 568
THE BIG ISSUE 2018 7 STREETSHEET SUNSHINE STATE I was born in Sunshine, Victoria, and my father was in the RAAF. We moved to Malaysia when I was three months old and lived there for three years. We then moved to Canberra for one year before moving to Ipswich, Queensland, when Dad retired – and where I have now lived for over 40 years. I’ve been selling The Big Issue for about four years now. I am a big Broncos fan and my mum gives me a season ticket to the Broncos every year. I also love to tenpin bowl and go twice a week. I was in hospital for seven months and had a skin graft on my neck and chest which has left my arm weak. I’ve had to learn to bowl with my right hand which has been hard – I don’t have as many good scores as I used to! I am the youngest of eight children – four sisters and three brothers – and I have lots of nieces and nephews. I live by myself as Mum said I’m too untidy to live with her! Glenn sells The Big Issue at Medibank (cnr Adelaide and Albert Sts) and St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. FOCUS ON HAPPINESS The Big Issue Ed#566 has inspired me to write about the black dog of depression. The Beyondblue organisation was founded to try to stop people committing suicide. One of the founders, Jeff Kennett, said a leading cause of suicide is depression. So it is a serious topic. Even Winston Churchill battled depression and so do I. So when I talk about strategies for overcoming depression it’s not just theory – it’s from personal experience. These things have helped me: Try to be positive, optimistic, enthusiastic – that’s the attitude to have. Be kind to Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Even though I’m born and raised in WA, my name gives away my family’s Turkish heritage. My father is from the Turkish side of Cyprus. He came to Australia in 1967. He and my mum named me after his father (my grandfather) Ibrahim. To top it all off, they also gave me my dad’s middle name, Olgun, as my own middle name. I like my Turkish heritage and my family have taken me to Turkey three times already. I love the people, the culture and most of all, the food. There is a fantastic Turkish restaurant in Victoria Park I go to every Wednesday. They have a woodfired oven and make the best lahmacun in Australia. Lahmacun is a type of very thin Turkish pizza with minced meat, onions, parsley and tomatoes. I love it!!! You should try it one day! It’s the highlight of my week, it reminds me of Turkey and makes me happy. I hope I can save up enough money one day to go and travel around Turkey a bit more. It’s a big dream but hopefully achievable. I would like to thank all my regular customers for supporting my dream. Ibrahim sells The Big Issue at David Jones on Hay St and Murray St, Perth. yourself, people can say brutal things to themselves like “I always stuff up” and it doesn’t help; it does the exact opposite. Be your own best friend. There’s something really good about being grateful, even for the little things. For example, I have a warm comfortable bed to sleep in and a secure place to live. There are affirmations and uplifting phrases to meditate on, like “Challenges are opportunities to grow and improve”. I have motivational books that I keep re-reading. I find them to be therapeutic. When depressed you can feel like not doing anything. I find if I force myself to do things, I feel better afterwards. It helps to stay active. I know it’s easy to do all this for one week – it’s hard to keep the discipline long-term. But ask yourself: what kind of life do you want? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Lastly, some people when depressed can feel like isolating themselves. Again the helpful thing, force yourself to mix with people. Find good supportive people, people who encourage you to move forward. Some advice: choose life! Darrell sells The Big Issue in Ashfield, Sydney. BIG FAREWELLS Just a Big Issue magazine farewell to Kurt from the Brisbane vendor support office (sadly missed); and a big shout out to fellow Queensland vendor Cindy who has moved to South Australia (sadly missed); and a smile to all the lovely customers who buy The Big Issue Australia-wide. Love the support and what you do for us. Thank you! Nathan C sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Adelaide and Creek Sts, Brisbane. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.