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.