When I was starting to go out on my own with girlfriends we went to a pub in Newcastle called The Lucky Country. At the time I didn’t think anything of it. It was just a name.
That’s all changed now, especially with Covid19.
As we’ve travelled around Australia for the past two and a half years we’ve experienced many places; some hot and humid, some freezing cold, wet and windy, others dry and desolate. Some places were tiny, like where we are tonight at Venus Bay in the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia; full time population about 30.
Other places have been bustling with lots to do and millions of people like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
What’s my point?
As we’ve travelled, I’ve really come to appreciate Australia and Australians and I understand that we really are very very fortunate to be living in The Lucky Country.
Over the past 6 or 7 weeks we’ve driven over 5,000 kilometres from Darwin down through the centre, out to Uluru, stopped off at Coober Pedy and Woomera to Venus Bay.
We’ve been lucky to have water and electricity. We have gas for the stove. We have diesel for the motorhome. We have food. We have clothes and we have a heater if we get cold.
We have also mostly been free to travel around.
Other people in other countries are not so fortunate.
I just want to take a moment tonight to express my gratitude.
To appreciate how fortunate I am to have been born in this country and to live my life feeling both safe and free.
What do you think?
Is Australia really The Lucky Country?
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