Various key moments in this 4-5 year saga are defined in how painful, encouraging, sad, frustrating and exciting they are to so many people. As I read James Hird’s article last night it was a moment of sheer relief that a man I respect was first and fore mostly doing better physically and mentally…nothing was more important than this. I am sure it’s still just beginning steps, we all hope the journey for the Hird family is one of new beginnings and continued peace.
I get asked a lot about James but to be honest I have only met the man once for a meeting we had which was back in 2014 after an article I wrote on him in The Age. Despite that the Hird family is understandably very private and I don’t know them well at all to be blunt. You meet James obviously sometimes at training and he shakes your hand and says thanks for your support…he is a very easy person to read in many respects…humble, quiet but thoughtful. As much as I have never thought James would ever consider abandoning the club it was a healing moment to hear him discuss the club again and respectfully encourage Woosha, Heppell and the idea of the club’s Comeback story….he in many ways attributed his life with the same comeback story message in the article. It was a powerful message and moment as we lead up to the March to the G
James will likely never read this but I just want to publicly thank him as one of the many “Lifers” for his bravery, honesty and integrity shown in today’s article. He means a heck of a lot to me and so many other people. If today has lead only 1 person to call Beyond Blue then it was worth it. Our own personal story through struggle are often the most powerful.
Thankyou James and I hopefully look forward to shaking your hand one day in the crowd with your kids at an Essendon blockbuster that you as a player always lead the way and starred in