Is it too hard this year to celebrate being Australian?

An understatement sounds like; ‘There’s a lot going on at the moment in the land down under’. Hospitals in crisis with OMGicron (that’s what we are calling it), RATs playing hard to get, PCR’s taking longer to get than a divorce, to keep or not to keep Novak, lack of climate commitment and even the fact that this Australia Day we celebrate means the complete opposite of a celebration for our First Nations people. Just some to start with.

Here’s what I reckon. Being Australian is completely personal. We are now full of all shapes ‘n’ sizes, races and religions and beliefs and ideals. So, there is no ‘one size Aussie’. I love this about us. I love our diversity, our acceptance and our appreciation that we all can make this work. Yeah, we get it wrong. Well mainly we stop listening to each other and are busy being right. 

You know you are wedded to being right when you are offended by another’s perspective. When you doggedly defend your position and especially when you don’t ask any questions. Let’s not do this, this Australia Day. That’s not even about being Australian. That’s about being human.

I’m going to concur with Steve Waugh on what it means to be Australian; “Being Australian is about looking after your mates, taking care of the less fortunate, supporting the underdog and enhancing the spirit that makes all Australians unique”.

This is what I am going to celebrate. How lucky we are for this land and for the people that walk it. What will you throw a shrimp on the barbie and give a cheers to today?