Don’t be afraid to spread your wings.

Don’t be afraid to spread your wings……you might land somewhere exciting.

Of course, you might just land somewhere not so good by spreading your wings and trying something new. The fear of landing somewhere bad, of messing things up, of people thinking we are a failure/stupid/reckless etc. is what stops many of us from trying. But should it? Stop and have a look at the most successful people you know. Have they always gotten things right? Is everything they have ever tried been a success? Has anyone ever ridiculed them for their ideas or what they are attempting to achieve?

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Not a bad view for a morning run

Sometimes work requires that I not only work on the weekend but am also away from home working on the weekend.

This weekend was one of those weekends. This morning, on a Saturday, I woke up in Broadbeach Queensland, with a whole day of work ahead of me. However, the joys of the many different time zones in Australia at this time of year meant I was awake early. So what should one do on a Saturday work day when waking up early? Sleep in maybe? Have a lazy breakfast? Well, I decided to go for a run. It was definitely the right decision. Being away from home and working on a Saturday isn’t so bad when the payoff is getting to run along looking at this!

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The fluff is Falling

When I was at student at the Australian National University (ANU), there was one thing that could always be relied upon. Every year, the fluff would fall. It would fall from the trees and be EVERYWHERE! It was never a good time for allergy sufferers who used to pay dearly when the fluff fell in the form of watering eyes, stuffy noses and lots of sneezing. However, apart from the effect the fluff falling had on allergy sufferers, it used to also instil fear in every student at ANU.

The fear was not due to any toxic properties of the fluff, but rather due to a saying that everyone student lived by: If you don’t know your stuff by the time the fluff is falling- you’re stuffed!

This meant if you had been taking it easy during the academic year and hadn’t put your foot on the accelerator to get your studies sorted by the time the fluff started falling, you were doomed. Many a student gave up when they realised how far behind they were when the fluff started falling and simply started partying like the year was over (generally speaking too much partying was why they were in this predicament in the first place!). Others would study day and night in the hope that they could defy the odds. Those who had their studies under control would simply acknowledge that they were one step closer to exams and summer holidays.

It has been a long time since I studied at ANU, but when out walking this evening I came across fallen fluff. For a split second I felt the fear rise before I realised I am not a student and therefore have nothing to fear from the fluff. For me now, it can simply be a botanical phenomenon that occurs every year. However, I think a little bit of me will always be just that little bit concerned for a split second every year whenever I see that the fluff is falling.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

My second stop of the day was the Mamu Tropical skywalk. The Mamu skywalk is located in the Wooroonooran National Park about 90mins drive from Cairns off the Palmerston Highway. The Mamu tropical skywalk is a fairly new attraction that was built after cyclone Larry. Having recently had the cyclone go through cleared out a lot of the foliage and made it easier to build the skywalk whilst minimising the impact on the environment and clearing required.

The skywalk consists of both paths that enable you to explore the forest floor as well as elevated walkways, a cantilever and an observation tower that enable you to explore the upper levels of the forest foliage as well as the canopy.

It is fairly well designed with the paths being easy to navigate and guided audio tours that introduce you to different points of interest along the way.

The cantilever is a little freaky but certainly puts you amongst the canopy and keeps you surrounded by lots of greenery.

The view from the top of the observation tower is quite spectacular. There are creeks and waterways to be seen, a never ending sea of green forest foliage and the occasional wildlife. I saw some spectacular blue butterflies although unfortunately I was not quick enough to get a photograph of them.

Definitely worth doing, does require some walking but give some spectacular views.

Book Review: The Light Between The Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

This is a book I would not have necessarily chosen to read if I was looking for a book at the library or in a bookshop. The genre is similar to what I like but there is something about the title and blurb that would not have swayed me into picking it up and starting it. However, it was a book leant to me by a friend who had already read it and said it was a good read.

The book is essentially a love story about a couple living on a remote island as lighthouse keepers. Circumstances beyond their control mean that they suffer a series of devastating blows in their efforts to have children when fate seemingly steps in to lend a helping hand an enable their dream of becoming parents. The timing of events means they make a decision they likely know is wrong in order to achieve their dream. While not bad people, they made a bad decision that ultimately cost them and other people dearly. The thing about this book is it does bring home the possibility that good people can make bad choices given certain circumstances. That doesn’t make it right though and there are still consequences for those bad choices. The author captures this concept well enabling the reader to feel sympathy for the wrong doers despite their bad decision.

It was certainly a nice easy read and a book I would recommend to someone looking for a light read. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

 

More information on the book can be found here: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/m-l-stedman/the-light-between-oceans-9781742755717.aspx