Good News

On occasion my everyday life can be a bit challenging or a bit too much. However, I know that I am in the right place, that I can count myself very lucky to be here and to enjoy and start an entirely new chapter of my future. Some people don’t have the opportunities that I had/have, many more just lack the ability to help themselves. They either don’t have the strength to step back and to take a close look at their lives and ask themselves. Is this what I want to do? Is this where I want to be? Or they are scared of stepping back.

‘What’ and ‘where’ does not necessarily mean here one’s occupation and location, it should be understood in a deeper, greater context. As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve met 70 locals – 71 including today – and I like to acknowledge here that the locals treat me as one of their own. When they ask me where I’m from. They don’t do that to categorize me, they ask out of interest. It’s not easy for me to describe my feelings adequately, so I will simply state that I am grateful to be in a place where I am not being seen as a foreigner or where my different cultural heritage and appearance is not regarded as a reason for distrust.

What defines a good person? I don’t know, but surely a good person is respectful to others. Look around you, look at those who make fun of people’s beliefs and religion, those who look down on others, because the have a university degree or because they wear a suit. Or at the worst kind of people – to my understanding anyway – those who pretend to be good, but only to exploit and take advantage of others whenever it is (financially) beneficial for them.

So, what is the good news and where am I getting with all this? Well, I’ve got a job! I’m now officially part of the crew at Coles Equipment and I’m certainly being treated as one of the crew, and for me, this is just a great and novel feeling. I will be working 3 days a week on a rate that I am content with and this should cover my mortgage, property rates and food bill if I continue to live modestly. In a couple of days I have a meeting with the principals of two of the three primary schools on Great Barrier Island to discuss whether I can teach natural sciences to the kids here. I’m passionate about teaching, it is a very rewarding job and you get to serve the community.

It’s dinner time now. On the menu is another wild rabbit, that the cat brought in yesterday. I have been slow cooking it with some vegetables and will enjoy it with some self-made tortilla bread.

9 thoughts on “Good News”

  1. Oh wow that all sounds pretty excellent, already fitting right in to the scheme of things over there. Won’t leave much time for working on the property but it’s pretty important to take care of an income, especially in a fairly remote location with a small community. I hope it works out well.

    It certainly sounds like you made the right decision (a rather brave one to be honest!) to move over there full time.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll try and stop posting on every page, you’ll be getting sick of me! Paul xxxxx

  2. Congratulation! 🙂
    Nothing is better than having a job and specially the one you enjoy that. It brings some sort of security and a good feeling that let you to enjoy the rest of your life better. When I didn’t have a job I was not happy and now life is great! 🙂

  3. Cool stuff! How did the meeting with the principals go? Breaking your back and honing your muscles in the yard is fine but you better teach the GBI kids some science as well. “Dr. Ben – Science Teacher” sounds just like the right title for someone fed up with academic life.

  4. I have been reading your posts lately. I am so happy to hear that you are doing great. And, it is awesome to hear that you got job(s) too 🙂

    I wish everyone can understand what you are saying here. I wish even for a moment people can stop being so selfish and focus on the important things in life. But, I guess, that will continue to be my wish 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment Musty. One thing is clear, you cannot give advice to someone that doesn’t want it. The other thing is that we all will – so will you – look back on things you’ve done and remember what people told you about it. After it is all done, you’ll see that they were right, but that you didn’t listen then. It happened and continues to happen to me. In that context I’m reading your comment with mixed feelings. Are you working in an environment in which those who have a say are not selfish? In which those who have a say focus on important things? My advice would be. Don’t take what you are doing too seriously, try to find a career NOW and do what you are doing on the side. Apply for permanent residency now, get a family going. Because after all, what counts are
      the results, not the intentions. And yeah, get a driver’s license man. Hope you are not taking this the wrong way, the worst that can happen is that you will look back on this in 3-4 years and say, damn, he was right. But again, this is (perhaps) human nature…

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