Saturday, 27 December 2014

planet earth

Another year over - so much to say yet so little. It has been a year of triumphs and turmoil: one obvious highlight was my PhD graduation, shortly after which I began a new challenge in graphic design. It has also been a year of significant deaths - my step-father for one (who I really miss). And there seems to be a lot of cancer around.

In the larger world we landslided in the worst regressive government ever to have been elected in this country. An act of 'terrorism' signalled the end of apathetic innocence for an increasingly nervous Aussie culture. Government cutbacks, the end of the mining boom, job losses, thousands fleeing persecution and misery - all are encroaching on our 'isolated' island. Being Australian is no longer the sanctuary it was.

Current conversations with friends revolve around how best to stay grounded, calm and functioning within the increasing chaos. It does seem as though more and more people are losing the plot - domestic violence, murder/suicides, the prevalence of hard drugs......unfortunately these acts do not help anyone escape the misery. They just make it worse. This is planet earth and no-one escapes the human condition.

My advice: breathe deeply, seek out wild nature, walk barefooted, throw yourself in the sea, do one thing at a time, cherish what you have, be kind (everyone suffers), remember to laugh loudly at your many ridiculous foibles - live each moment as if it were your last. 

These images are currently circulating on Facebook. There is a topical synchronicity about them. In the absence of anything more profound, I post them here in some kind of vague protest and because they tickle my sexist sense of humour.


  1. That's pretty funny Michelle, the three wise men crack I mean. :-)

    I watch Australia from far and wonder at its state too. Your overview here more or less matches mine..

    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks Ciaran. I actually think there are lots of really smart men.....unfortunately the one running the country atm is not one of them. The revolution can't come soon enough.

  3. viva la revolution!
    I hope you have a great 2015 Michelle x