Recent happenings have made me think about the great Aussie attitude of making a positive out of a negative.
We are generally known as a friendly, easy going bunch. No worries, she’ll be right, throw another shrimp on the barbie and all that.
When the elements, the world and people conspire against us, we keep battling and promote the good that comes out of these events.
Bush fires are raging away, but the fire fighters rescued a koala.
Terror attack resulting in racial fear on public transport, it’s all good, #illlridewithyou.
One-punch attacks after too many drinks, don’t worry, we have lock-out laws now.
Perhaps it’s all that sunshine and Vitamin D that makes us a positive nation that just gets on with it. We are known worldwide for our beautiful beaches after all.
Australia is also a multicultural country with us all having been immigrants at some point (unless you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander of course). We may not all be culturally integrated, but we are all from somewhere else.
Aussies themselves are slated as hard drinkers. Most public holidays are centred on public drinking, like we needed an excuse to have a beer at the pub anyway?! Melbourne even has a public holiday dedicated to gambling and drinking.
This year I plan to try to live the Aussie attitude to the fullest and turn all negatives into positives, but is that realistic? Maybe sometimes things are just bad?
The fact that we are affected by global warming is a reality.
Racial tensions in our society do exist.
Public violence due to drinking happens.
But what are you going to do about it?
I pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle more, never judge a person by their ethnicity as always and keep my drinking to a manageable level as much as possible; which is about as close to new year’s resolutions as I have ever gotten!
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