Given that this is my first Australia Day as an official Aussie (according to the paperwork…because personally, I have always been an Aussie at heart), I thought I would share some of the things I absolutely love about this sunburnt country.
– The beaches. In all different shades of blue be it dark or aqua or bluish-green or greenish-blue. I haven’t even had the priviledge to visit them all but I am so grateful to be living a 10 minute drive away from one in the south of Sydney.
– Our ability to not take ourselves (and others) seriously. I love how we can take the piss out of ourselves and others around and can be oh–so-politically incorrect. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn’t seem to get our brand of humour. Sucks to them.
– Giving a person a fair-go. Every person in this country is given a chance…an opportunity…and that’s our motto. For instance, anyone can go to uni if they want to (unlike in countries like the US where the fees are so high…).
– Our accent. Most people would disagree but I have loved the Aussie accent since I fell in love with the cricket team at the age of 12. It’s lazy and laid back and yet has a distinct ring to it. You will always know an Aussie with the stereotypical “How ya goin’ mate?”
– Everyone can be who they want to be. Dress as they want to dress. Have a relationship with who they want to. And thou shalt not judge them.
– Our never-say-die attitude. We will not give up. And this has been epitomised through our sporting prowess (barring the recent Ashes debacle).
– The distinct lack of a classist attitude. Coming from an extremely classist country to one that treats people equally, this really stood out for me. A checkout chick at Woolies is treated no differently to a teacher.
– The lack of corruption. I can get a passport without having to pay several people under the table.
– How organised and efficient things are here. Whether it is receiving your passport within a week of applying for it or getting your medicare card in the said time, it’s all done smoothly and efficiently.
– How polite people can be…even random strangers walking on the street will smile at you or say g’day. The check out person will ask how you are going. The lady at the chemist will call you ‘darl’. The bus driver in the burbs will say good morning and ask how you are doing. And will tell you to have a nice day when you get off it. And in return, all passengers will greet him and thank him.
– How as a woman I don’t have to worry about being groped on public transport, or being wolf-whistled at. I can be comfortable in my own skin.
– Our landscape. The wildlife, the beaches, the mountains, the bush. All beauty personified (except maybe the snakes and deadly spiders!).
– Our love of beer (and what awesome beer it is!!) and barbies. Especially in the summer.
I love Australia for all this and so much more. And especially for making me feel welcome even before I was officially a citizen.
Proud to be an Aussie…
Happy ‘Stralya Day!!!
Until next time,