Something I have learned over the last year, that has finally been drilled into my head, is that the world owes you absolutely nothing.
We arrived at the second air bnb of hopefully a long line of bnbs yesterday, and once again I have found myself in one of the nicest houses, with the nicest people, wondering why people don't do this all the time. Why people literally don't live their lives running and travelling around air bnb's, that … Continue reading Air Bnb 4Ever. Pls.
The more I am away, the more I stabilise the image of what I want for my life; more long term than this. Not in a crazy "I want to settle down and have three kids in the suburbs" kind of thing (maybe some day, never say never right?). There are many things on my … Continue reading How China Stole My Heart.
You're an old man now so I'm going to put this is big letters so you can read it. Let me know if any of the words are too 'down with the kids' and I'll translate for you. It's your birthday! I probably did something amazing like cook your favourite pizza and put candles on … Continue reading Happy Birthday Todd!
Why I don't believe in the value of negative vegan activism, and that positivity is the most efficient way to convince people. I'll just jump right in. A lot of vegan activism is, from what I have seen, negative; sharing shocking footage of animal abuse in slaughterhouses, telling stories of vicious farmers and the 'truth' … Continue reading How to be Vegan AND a Real Person.
Patterns like aboriginal paintings, she tells me. Later I call her crazy but really she is the most real person here; quirky but wealthy in knowledge of the woods
Despair is running high. Focus is what is lacking. And once again, quite obviously, it has just taken some reading and conscious thought to reflect, to calm me again and notice what has to be done. I have been flailing and it's been noticeable, today there has been some clarity.
We are warned not to leave our car alone. "The abbos with strip it." Says one person. I hear this expression a lot, especially in the Northern territory.
I hold the red crystal tree sap, like rubies twinkling in my palm and watch as nature is cut and sliced into bitesize chunks around me. As if there is a way to contain her, tame her.
However difficult and monotonous work might be, I am so grateful for friendly strangers and small pleasures. Staying positive, it's looking like we'll be here for a while.