Australia Day has always been one of those odd holidays that really didn’t mean that much to me for a long time. I understood its purpose, but never really connected with the day itself. I felt the day was simply just another day where I didn’t have to work. Like nearly all public holidays we shouldn’t embrace the ethos of that day once a year, it should be something that we live each day and Australia Day is no different. The good and the bad of this country should be recognised more often then one day a year. But, alas, we seem to always use one day as a catalyst to push one agenda or another, perhaps we should stop trying to throw a negative spin on these important days and instead use the rest of the year to recognise some our darkest moments. Rant finished.
This year for Australia Day, we’ve done many of the ‘traditional’ things that you would expect on this day (Lamb Roast, Beer, picnic, etc,) and some things that even I wouldn’t expect. For starters I’m writing this blog, I never would have thought I’d be doing that on Australia day. I’ve also squeezed in a workout just for good measure.
And that emphasises what it means to live in this country. Living in Australia can be tough, no matter where you’re from. Bushfires, floods, all types creature’s hell bent on killing you and blistering summer heat are all things that make it hard for everyone. The remoteness of some of our towns and communities, not to mention that treatment of some of our people make even harder. But there are also great opportunities here that most people don’t take advantage of. We are an infant country in many ways, so we have unique opportunities that simply don’t exist elsewhere. We are also a very laid-back country, where people are happy to go about their lives working a single job and living for the weekend and I think this last point is excellent, seriously, good for them.
Simply, this provides more opportunities for those who are willing to work harder, push themselves more and go against the tide to excel. It isn’t hard to separate yourself from the crowd and achieve some pretty significant goals when everyone else isn’t working.
Naturally there are some downsides to this. Its harder to find likeminded people in this space, so having people to bounce your ideas off is a struggle, but not impossible. Social media affords us the opportunity to connect with people we never would have known existed otherwise. But again, this is both good and bad. Good because its accessible, relatively direct and valuable. Bad because some things that work in other countries might not work locally, plus the time differences can do you head in.
No matter what you are working on; be it your fitness, extra income or simply working on being a better human. All of us have to opportunity to reach some pretty significant goals with nothing more than hard work and effort.
Australia was born and built out of hard word or hard yakka, depending on how fair back your brain cells allow you to go. That’s not to say people don’t work hard, because they do and its not to say that people are lazy, because they aren’t, generally. What it is, is that people seem to work hard to a point, and I think its to do with work-life balance.
Work life balance is an excellent thing, when applied (or balanced) correctly. But I put it to you, I no longer think we are applying it correctly and use it as an excuse, let me explain. if we all worked a standard 40-hour week and encompassed 2 hours of travel each day into that equation, that brings us to 50 hours of work time. Now putting 8 hours sleep aside, as we can’t work while sleeping, that leaves us with a ‘life’ allocation of six hours each day plus 2 full days on weekends (minus 8 hours sleep each day for us old folks). So, our work consumes 50 hours a week, our life consumes 62 hours, not very balanced is it. Imagine the possibilities if you used five hours of those excess life hours each week to generate extra income, just a thought.
Now my mathematical work – life balance rant is over; I’ll get back to my original point. Who would have thought I could fit two rants into a single blog……… GET ON WITH IT! – Editor.
Yes, right, back to Australia Day. This country has many things to celebrate, there are great opportunities here for those willing to seek it. It’s also forgiving enough that having one source of income is enough to see people live comfortably. Regardless of when we chose to celebrate what it means to be Australian; we should celebrate it none the less.
‘til next time….. Cheers!