I am Australian. Celebrating 4 Years in Australia
an experience of everyday life
I am Australian.
Sophia Cull is a Life Celebrant, so when she asked me if I wanted to celebrate being Australian, I jumped at the chance.
She ran a 10 minute session for me at one of our regular BNI Carlton business networking events.
1. Why Australia?
It is a great place to be that offers all sorts of advantages to a POM.
2. What would you like to say to acknowledge your first 4 years in Australia?
It has been exciting, tough, fun, challenging and emotional ? and I would not have missed it for the world.
We moved from UK in July 2005.
It is pretty challenging moving to a new town, in a new country, 12,000 miles from where we used to live.
We moved to Melbourne, (pronounced Melbn), and the only other person we knew in Australia at the time lived in Sydney !
Then on Australian Day 2008, my wife, Fiona, and I became Australian Citizens and we now have Aussie passports. :-)
I cried when we went up on stage to collect our certificates.
And despite having learned the words to the Australian National Anthem, I still could not sing because I was too choked up and proud.
It is a huge thing to experience the culmination of the five year plan. It is one thing to go somewhere, it is something completely different to choose to go there willingly and give up the environment that you were born in, were schooled in, studied in, and work in for nearly 20 years.
Afterwards, crossing the road from Hawthorn Town Hall, I shouted with joy 'I am Australian'. Got some funny looks, but I was happy.
Afterwards, we went to the best Italian restaurant in Camberwell, Sophia's, and had champagne, pancakes and ice cream. Because we could.
3. What are you creating for your future in Australia?
A new life.
One in which we have more flexibility and freedom to do what we want.
One in which we get to explore Australia.
One where can use Australia as a base to explore parts of the world that would normally
not be very accessible.
One in which we get to work on great projects, with great people.
Drink some of the best wine in the world without having pay stupid prices.
Go to the ?G? and see Ashes Test matches.
Go and see the Commonwealth Games in my home town.
Eat some great steak and prawns.
Barby at Xmas.
Birthday in the Summer holiday.
Play cricket myself again after 20 years.
Barrack for (Cheer on) the winning Cricket team.
Not be stuck in traffic for an hour when we go anywhere - it now takes 20 - 30 mins to get to everything.
The list goes on.....
Not sure what else you want me to say ... ?
Australia is a great place.
We love it.
Not only is it where we live, but it is our home.
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