I know that I have been lax in updating this, but I have little space for photos still, and honestly, things have been a bit stressful with life doing what it does and throwing a massive curve ball, but a friend mentioned following our travels, so in the interest of her enjoyment, I thought I’d post a bit of a review of our travel experience over this year.
All in all it’s been such an amazing experience and has really opened my eyes to a lot of things and has helped me understand more and see further. Things are not always as they seem, sometimes they are better, sometimes worse. I’m glad we did it and I hope the kids take much away from it. At this point Kya has decided that she never wants to be poor. Lily has worked out there are lots of different people, and what counts is not if they’re your friend or not, but if they’re worth being your friend based on personality and values. And Evelyn has worked out just how much she loves learning and being a confident, ‘big’ girl. All 3 have discovered there is a difference between city and country people, and that they prefer country people as they are kinder and less judgmental, accepting people on merit rather then on what material belongings they posses.
I believe it is something everyone should experience if they are able to…as in keep the thousands of dollars and fake holiday-ness of going overseas, instead use it to do a little bit of family traveling around this wonderful country of ours.
I read about Jandamarra in the Indigenous unit for uni and I got to go to the actual cave he had his last stand at. I went to the place he lived in and stood on the land he used to help conceal him from the authorities. I went and saw the Prison Boab tree in Derby. I saw how mining has affected our country, and how it alters the land. I felt the scorching heat of the north and the deadly dryness of the long roads between towns. We smelt the weather as it changed and the rain before it fell. We felt the breeze of the ocean and the land and lakes and dams. I’ve seen all sorts of rocks and soil types and weather patterns and plants and wildlife. We’ve had terrible days and amazing days and I’ve seen the red sun of the north, opposite to the yellow sun of the south. I’ve seen every colour of the rainbow play across the sky during sunsets, and I’ve seen pure water in catchments and water falls and rivers and streams and mineral pumps. I’ve seen polluted water and still water and areas that should have water but is soo dry there are only the skeletons of the trees that are left behind. We’ve climbed trees to collect and eat the fresh, wild mangoes, figs and coconuts. We’ve bathed in the warm artesian waters of the earth and swam in the cold ocean of the south and the warm waters of the north. We’ve been cramped and we’ve snuggled, we’ve hated and loved and shouted and cried and laughed and lived in many different ways, talking to many different people. Ones who live out of skip bins behind grocery stores and ones who have a car that barely works but own multimillion dollar houses and businesses. We’ve met old people that need help to walk, and old people that play the fiddle while tapping their foot on a handmade wooden jig doll. We’ve met people our age, older, younger, with kids, without kids, with 10 kids, with 1 kid. We’ve met people from many other countries and noticed the difference in their values and beliefs, appearance, mannerisms, even noticed how different people are from north to south and east to west.
After all that, we know now what we want in life. We want good soil to grow plants on. We want happiness. We want that country feeling, where you know your neighbour’s name and call out a hello when you see them, chatting about the little things in their life as a friend would. We want our kids to see and to feel and to think. We want our kids to have the opportunities to think for themselves and make informed decisions. We want values and beliefs and morals that help our society to flourish and is supportive of others, rather then a me, me, me approach. We are all here together, this land truly is our mother. It cares for us and provides for us and teaches us. Why would you hurt your mother? would you pick at a sore? would you create a wound on your mother or would you help to heal it and fix it? We are destroying our mother land.
Traveling has shown us how important this land is and has given all of us a deep appreciation for the earth, so we want good land so we can help keep it good and grow good food to share so others can be happy and healthy too. We want health and happiness, and this can be achieved by loving the earth, loving ourselves, and doing this through nourishment. We nourish the land and she provides nourishing food. We eat the food and live happy and healthy. Mufasa was right, it’s all part of the great circle of life. We are the soil and the grass and the trees and the animals that eat the grass and the animals that eat them. We are all of this and everything. Hurting the land hurts everything in the circle. We want to stop being part of all that garbage.
You only start to win when you stop racing.
We have stopped racing.
We stopped racing for this year and we have since won. We don’t want to enter the race again, and not racing, on our own patch of mother earth, loving her in happiness, that is what we want and what we hope to achieve.