Today is an appreciation post.
I live in Australia with my Family in the city of Melbourne.
There are so many things that I am grateful for.
The clean air I breathe, the smooth roads we drive on, the standard of living, opportunities for work, support services and technology available and having my extended Family around me that are easily accessible.
Australia Day is a time where I spend it with my loved ones.
It also reminds me of how lucky I am to celebrate life here in Australia.
It could have been so different.
I could have been born in the Islands where my Mother is from.
Although it is a happy place it is still a third world country.
Tonga was dubbed the ‘Friendly Islands’ by Captain James Cook on his passage through the South Pacific Ocean and yes it is a friendly place to visit but compared to Australia… well there isn’t any comparison.
Don’t get me wrong.
I’m proud of my heritage and the culture and customs that come with it.
But let me be clear – I’m Australian first and Tongan second.
Proudly Australian but of Tongan descent.
I spent the Australia Day weekend with my husband Leki’s family at an AirBnb in Yeodene (almost 1 hour inland from Geelong).
We shared stories, made new memories and made time to be together.
We’ll look ahead with great energy and see what 2019 holds for us!
Plenty of surprises I’m sure 😉
I hope you had a great long weekend and spent some time being grateful for how good we really have it.