Australia Day is the next event on our calendars and in honour of our beautiful country, this week I thought we should discuss what it means to be Australian (and thankfully, most of you said you don’t need to watch cricket to qualify).
What does being Australian mean to me? It means we can have it all – sun, snow and gorgeous beaches (our land is girt by sea, remember?). Not to mention the variety of dangerous creatures with snakes, crocodiles and redback spiders to name a few…oh, and mozzies, my feet are itching right now at the thought.
It means “mateship” and strange words and phrases that I would never use like “fair dinkum” and “bonza”. We are known for koalas, kangaroos and saying “g’day mate”.
We have a female prime minister (whether you like her or not – that’s a step towards equality) and a fair voting system where we don’t need to risk our lives just to have a say. We get through floods, fires and hurricanes with unique strength and strangers band together to help each other. We survived the financial crisis and have a strong Aussie dollar.
This is a country full of opportunities, we have a decent healthcare system and I love raising my family here. I feel lucky to be an Australian, we wear thongs on our feet and as much as we tease people for wearing ugg boots in public – we love them too.
I could go on and on about pavlovas, Vegemite and some of the best wine in the world. But I will pass the talking stick to you now – what does being an Australian mean to you and what are some of your favourite things?
I hope you have a lovely Australia Day, and take some time to think about just how lucky we are.
What are we going to give away this week? It’s from Labels to Love – the Tissu Letter Set and we are choosing one lucky winner this week. Participate by commenting below. The winners will be contacted by email so make sure your address is current. Competition closes 24th January 2012 Midnight AEST. Australian residents only. Check back next Wednesday for a new weekly discussion.