Sometimes I feel the pressing weight of familiarity but most days I still feel that the window of exploration is well and truly open.
After returning from life on the road, I spent some time thinking about ‘what’ as opposed to ‘where’ I would like to explore.
Trying to attach a person’s political views to their position on COVID-19 is a fairly fruitless activity. Take away the extremes, and there is a world of convergence.
I had to adjust to two realities. The first was that if I didn’t want to be in ‘lockdown’ then I would have to stay on the road. The second was that to be on the road I would need to get over the sense of guilt that goes with having that freedom.
Bourke has drilled home how comfortable I’ve become in my own Australian bubble. It’s been a painful reminder of how little time I spend thinking about and even more importantly feeling the legacy of dispossession and subjugation that the bubble is based on.
What I like about Shepparton is that people walk about with a spring in their step and have a real warmth and friendliness. It’s visibly diverse and the people who I met and talked with had a way of making me feel very welcome. Have a listen
In a few days, much of Australia will move to further ease restrictions that have stopped our worst health fears in their tracks. The changes are already palpable in Melbourne.
The closing of St Kilda beach is only a drop in the ocean in the wider story relating to Coronavirus. Melbournians, like so much of the world, are battling with the enormity of Covid-19. Some people are taking a ‘day by day’ approach as they try to keep the basics rolling along – whereas others are hit with loss, fear and change. Have a listen.
In these times, it’s really important that we stick together and stay kind, everyone’s health and lives depend on it. Have a listen.