Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Heaven on Earth

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss. 
 ~Thomas Carlyle

I love this country.

The past 12 months have been the best of my life...and I presume things will only get better. I had my greatest year at TAF, won both TAF fantasy football leagues, moved to an amazing country, travelled extensively, and increased my salary by over 50%. All of this came about because of a gut feeling that I belonged in Australia, along with the motivation to take a huge risk that has paid off immensely. I live in a beautiful country, with friendly people, a great government, and ample time to pursue my hobbies.

I love my life.

The past month has been a very eventful one for me:

1. My company merged and I received a raise.

2. I went snowboarding for the first time in Thredbo

3. I went surfing for the first time in the Gold Coast with my good friend Juliana and got to hold a Koala

4. I went sailing and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef at the Whitsundays and hung out at the beautiful Whitehaven beach

5. The Australian Dollar has hit a new high against the US Dollar at ~$1.1050 (I can't wait for my 2 week trip back to the US in October to go on a shopping spree.)

Life is good...and I think my friends should move to Australia too. The USA is a slowly sinking ship...better bail before it's too late...(just my personal opinion.)

-Universal Healthcare? Check.
-A country where your vote actually counts and representatives aren't bought out by lobbyists? Check.
-A bank savings account that yields 6.51%? Check.
-Standard 37.5 hour work week? Check.
-More economically free than the US? Check.
-Happiest country and best quality of life in the world? Check.
-Low unemployment? Check.
-Diverse population and great food? Check.
-The ability to hold dual citizenship? Check.

If you think life in the US is good, come to Australia because it gets better...

OK, I've done enough horn tooting for Australia...onto my random thoughts.


It's a bit ironic that one of the things that irritates me to no end are people who complain a lot...because here I am complaining about complainers. This is my blog though, so I can do whatever I want to vent, and I'm not burdening anyone else but the internet. A while ago, I got caught up in the moment and wrote a massive tirade in my iPhone that I won't post because people would judge me hard. 

The basic gist of it is that people who complain a lot..need to go see a shrink and figure out their life. That's not my job to figure out, that's yours. It's amazing how many people around my age have no idea what to do with their lives, yet never take the time to really work out what they really want to do. Life takes work! It's not a walk in the park! It's a journey you need to undertake yourself and not something someone hands to you on a silver platter.

Take a day or two off work and sit down and figure out what you want to do with yourself for the rest of your life! Dedicate a whole day to figuring out what you love doing and what you don't love doing, what you're good at and what you're bad at, then figure out a plan how to get to this goal of happiness and then DO IT. It requires brutal honesty with yourself and it's a whole lot more productive than bitching and bitching and bitching and getting a little ego boost that satiates you enough to feel better but doesn't light a fire under your ass to accomplish anything, so the cycle repeats when you decide you want to bitch again. If you really don't want to do anything and just be a beach bum or starving artist then do that! Who cares what other people think! If you want that but are afraid you won't be able to support kids down the line...then compromise! Contrary to what we've been told growing up, most people can't have it all...

Life's short! Figure out what the hell you want to do and then do it! 

If you're dissatisfied with something, change it! 

I realise there are differences between men and women; women just like to vent sometimes for the sake of venting and not to solve a problem...while men prefer to solve problems and not talk about our emotions. This can cause confusion and grief in relationships, I get it. But at the same time if you're venting about the same thing over and over again...get over it and do something!



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