Australia, open your eyes 190



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If someone was to read through some comment threads on Starts at 60 they would probably be quite surprised. There’s anger towards the government and supporters of opposing parties and policies, there are cries that we are hard done by the greed of many and there’s feelings of resentment to so many circumstances that have lead us to lead the life we have today.

Driving home last week I was thinking about this and the troubles that we’re all complaining about when I realised something. We need to open our eyes.

I opened my eyes and saw parks filled with beautiful greenery and walking tracks alongside the Brisbane river for all to use.

I opened my eyes and saw traffic lights and roads with no potholes for us all to drive on.

I opened my eyes and I saw people happily chatting in cars, laughing and smiling.

I opened my eyes and I saw a public hospital with healthcare for those who need it.

I opened my eyes and saw a public school with education for every child.

I opened my eyes and saw people doing tai chi in a park.

I opened my eyes and saw a group of young people sharing a drink at the local pub.

I opened my eyes and saw a same-sex couple walking hand in hand down the street.

I opened my eyes and saw supermarkets packed with people buying groceries and food ahead of the weekend.

I opened my eyes and saw a bus and a city cat, both taking people to the places they needed to go without having to own a car.

I opened my eyes and saw smiles, happy faces and freedom everywhere.

I feel like we get so lost in the rough, we’re so quick to complain and want more, but already we have so much more than so many other countries do. We’re always looking to complain about what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do have.

We have the freedom to do what we like, when we like it. We have the security to know that we can mostly do things and feel safe in our neighbourhood. We have services like health, transport and education available to us for very little. We have the right to hold hands with whomever we like. We have public facilities where we can go to exercise, rest, relax and make memories with friends. We can be friends with whomever we like. We have access to clean water, groceries and necessities. And most importantly, we are allowed to be happy and be who we are.

There’s no doubt that there are problems with the entire world. Some people still battle prejudice based on unjust reasons and some people still don’t feel fully free to be who they are. But we have so much to be thankful for and sometimes I don’t feel like we are thankful enough.

So, Starts at 60 readers: open your eyes. Before we complain, let’s take a moment to think, is this something worth complaining about? Do we have something else in our life that makes up for this?

Do you agree with this writer? Do you feel like you don’t always have a positive outlook on life? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. Yeo….wake up Australia ! This is the lucky country, and if you don’t believe that , go live in India, China, The UK, USA or anywhere for that matter. I have lived and /or worked in those countries and I can write from experence…..we have the best health system, the most honest police, the least horrible of politicians, the best beaches, the shortest queues, the cheapest parking, we can change Governments without bloodshed and we can protest without being shot…..I could go on and on. The (mostly women) on SAS live in constant state of bitterness and complaint. Most of them need to get a life. Or just open their eyes as this thread suggests.

  2. Yes yes yes. So much complaining goes on. I belong to a golf club and the things you hear…..recently members were heard to complain loud and long about the colour of the new wall paint in the ladies locker room where thousands of dollars had been spent on renovations. On the flip-side I went to a beach suburb yesterday for coffee and a fellow on the promenade was strumming a guitar with some friends sitting around him, it made my heart sing.

  3. Very few smiling and laughing, most wondering how to cope with bills going up, up and away!!

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    • Have you got a roof over your head Percy and a full belly.Many, many other people in the world would love to have that. Be grateful.

  4. Yes we live in the most beautiful country. I often wonder at how amazing it is but let’s keep it this way.

  5. Yes I do agree and in reading through any of the comment streams the writer should also have seen that not all of us are prone to constant whinging and criticism of all and sundry. I also am saddened by the general tone of comments and have often voiced my concern. We do indeed need to take a step back and smell the roses.

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    • Today is a good example of criticism and whinging in other posts. just when I’m feeling disgusted, some one comes and makes a moderate positive comment.

    • Lol…and my daughter told me it is worse on the “Slow Cooking” page…I guess agreeing on food is far harder!!! Hahah

  6. Very refreshing comment! Sad that our nation’s latest craze is to criticise the government until they crash and burn, then start on the other mob …

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  7. I think if we could find a govt to run this place properly it would be better than it is, but in saying that, i feel this is a wonderful country to live in ….we ARE VERY lucky to live here and would hate to not live here. This is the best place to live and we should appreciate it ! (In spite of the pollies

  8. What a refreshing article. I am thankful everyday that I live in such a safe and beautiful country . It has concerned me for a long time that many in our generation has lost the ability to look at the good things . Rod you also have said it perfectly. My brother used to sing a lovely song called”You need to stop and smell the roses!”

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