Thursday, January 26, 2017

i am australian


it's australia day today. the day in 1788 that the first fleet of 11 convict ships arrived and set up in what is now the state of new south wales. the day the union jack was raised and waved proudly in the air. the day our country was settled by people other than the original owners of the land.

i am a proud australian. my family did not arrive on convict ships, they arrived from england and scotland to begin a new life here and raise a family in what we know as the "lucky" country... and i am grateful every single day that they did. we are free! free to have opinions, live where we like, worship who we like and to learn and progress and grow. what a wonderful place to live! 

i love the words of our national anthem, which really explains it all:

australians all let us rejoice
for we are young and free!
we've golden soil and wealth for toil
our home is girt by sea
our land abounds in natures gifts
of beauty rich and rare
in historys page, let every stage
advance australia fair!

in joyful strains then let us sing
advance australia fair

beneath our radiant southern cross,
we'll toil with hearts and hands
to make this commonwealth of ours
renowned of all the lands
for those who've come across the sea,
we've boundless plains to share
in courage let us all combine,
to advance australia fair!

in joyful strains then let us sing
advance australia fair

with all the turmoil and craziness that is going on in the world today, with all the anger and biting from the world leaders even... i am even more grateful to be home and safe, in australia, the luckiest country! i am australian, born and bred... and so lucky to be so.

fun fact: the reason the kangaroo and the emu were chosen on the australian coat of arms is because not only are they animals found solely in australia, but both of them are unable to "walk" (move?) in a backwards direction. both are only able to move forwards, as was (and still is!) the hope for australia, to be a country that is always moving forward and progressing at all times.  

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