Cyclone Yasi was over five months ago, but the memory lingers on at the beach. Hundreds of trees like this one on the foreshore have roots exposed by the erosion that has left a small embankment separating the foreshore and the sand. They are the lucky ones.
Many didn't make it. Some survived the initial onslaught only to be weakened and unable to survive the dry season.
To be perfectly honest, I'm feeling a bit the same. The storm that was the GFC cost us our life savings, our home, our business and a chunk of our superannuation. It also cost us hundreds of hours of lost sleep. Like cyclone Yasi, it isn't really over yet. We are still in recovery mode.
Our future is very uncertain. Suitable employment seems to be eluding us. We live in a borrowed house. Our grandchildren are a fifty minute drive away instead of a five minute drive away. And we are not young anymore. There is a strong possibility that we may have to move much further away from family for Mr Sunshine to find a job. Being "not young anymore" makes the likelihood of a career change unlikely. I don't know which one of these things is the hardest to deal with. All of them are depressing and we have good days and bad days. Today is not a good day.
Mostly I am very optimistic and upbeat, but not today. This may be because we have been discussing other options - like taking up university study again for either of us. Even that would not guarantee a job, but it might get me a student allowance for a few years (Austudy) - not exactly a lucrative option. Mr Sunshine thinks I should study just for the fun of it. I would enjoy it, but it would also encroach on my grandparenting time and that would hurt. Even though I would chose study aimed at a writing career (can I say that when retirement age is only about 4 years away 9 years away, b*****y government's eligibility changes), it would actually also encroach on the time available to do the writing I want to do.
I have worked as a Biology lab assistant, Pathology lab assistant, geochem lab assistant, land tenure researcher, hospital and prison chaplain, parish care coordinator and part owner of a small business. I have studied some science (no degrees) and have a theology and a chaplaincy certificate. I still love science of all types and enjoy studying theology. Science and theology belong together.
At present I am a work-at-home Grannysaurus.