I think the number one question I get asked these days is “how are you settling?” the second would be “how are you coping?”
We I am doing fine…life here is obviously very different. I am not going to lie about it; we lived in a comfy large urban house and neighborhood close to great shops, cheap transport and any choice of schools, Dr and Specialists. Now I live in a comfy remote rural small town at the very tip of Cape York or Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) as the Local people call it. LIFE is of course Different…
Some people have asked me “so how different is it?” well in many ways its VERY different but so many things are the same here too.
Let me explain – Our everyday family life here is very similar (albeit slower) to our life in Brisbane. We do allot of the same and some different things that we did in Brisbane, so when people ask me how its different of course there’s the obvious that we live in a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal community in remote Cape York, but allot is the same too so its hard to explain that.
The main difference I guess is the people here can speak up to 3-4 different languages, Creole is the standard language that unites the 5 local communities, but allot of people also have a traditional Language too sometimes if a person has married outside of their Language group then they may have 2 traditional languages, this can ad up to 3-4 languages if you also add English.
I can go on and on about other things like the delays in getting food if items are love in stock in Cairns or if they miss the Barges from Cairns, or I can tell you that we all here have a love hate relationship with Australia post. But really its hard to describe to people that life is Just a new normal, we work, we play and we join in to our community as much as possible and we really enjoy living here.
Is all rosy here? No, I am not going to sugar coat it, some things bother me here…Life for remote Indigenous Australians is not easy and that sometimes plays out in how the community runs here. Just living in a remote location causes issues that City people have NO clue about, not being able to go to a local craft or scrapbooking shop drives me INSANE some days. I still have issues with Australia Post LOL and the Local store still doesn’t stock my Fave Chocolates, Peanut Butter M & M’s that I fell in love with on our trip to the US in 2011. Life is a NEW normal and we are learning to adjust, view things from a different standpoint and most of all we are learning to RELAX………..
I guess what I am getting at is Life is life………Life is what you make it, its how you view it and its sometime fun, sometimes shitty and sometimes its pretty awesome. Its no different here, I guess we have a few added extra “stresses” but for the most part we are settling slowly but surely.