What is worth? What is important? So often worth is attached to dollars. To money.
Money? If money is the most important thing in the world then I am glad I spent every cent of life savings we had. It was 'worth' every moment.
Were we being over indulgent and irresponsible, taking a holiday like this? Probably. Do I care? nope.
What if we were to wake up and everything was taken from us.
What if we never woke up, and we were in fact the ones that were taken from our money.
Money can come and money can go.
We as human beings come into this earth, then we go. Nothing lasts. Not money. Not people. Not things.
Before we did this trip I was worried that we were spending all our money on something like this. Because that is what we are supposed to worry about.
Shouldn't we be saving money? But then, for what? Somewhere to live?clothing? food? All things which I have as I type this and all things we had when we were travelling.
And if I hadn't done this trip I would still have all those things. And I would probably have more. More money.
But I wouldn't have this. In my mind.
So many photographs taken.
And so many postcard images in my head.
Freeze frames in time.
Thousands of moments that are imbedded in my memory. They flash to me every now and again, a reminder of the beauty I saw.
There are some things that money can't buy. There are some things that cannot be taken from us. Memories.
|Sitting on the beach in Coral Bay watching the sun rise, WA|
|Watching the kids play in the snow in the snowfields out of Canberra, ACT|
|The different blue colours in the ocean at Byron Bay, NSW|
|Where the rainforrest meets the ocean in Cape Tribulation, QLD|
|The sky and the clouds and the sand and the beach, Fraser Island, QLD|
|Seeing the staircase to the moon was a touching experience, Broome WA|
|The waves rippling the ocean surface in Bells Beach, Victoria|
|The angry ocean hitting the side of the cliff in Robe, SA|
|The nothingness that goes on and on and makes you feel so isolated but so peaceful, Gibb River Road, WA|
|Looking up at Windjana Gorge from our campsite, WA|
|Uluru in all its glory, signifying how small we are. And how short our time on earth is. NT|
|Watching this sun set, realising that today was over and the only sure thing in life is that the sun will come up again tomorrow.|
Not only do I have beautiful memories like the ones above. But I have snippets of time. Of interactions and observations of other human beings. Here are a few of the many notes I made while on the road.
A man sits by the side of the track, painting a picture. A campfire burning nearby, a woman making paint for him to use on his canvas. A Jabiru stands gracefully beside him. An interaction between man and bird that was spiritual and silent.
Dreadlocked hair and baggy clothing. A makeshift campsite. A tent, pots and pans in the back of a station wagon. A piece of rope hanging between two trees. A man and woman bending over a gas cooker preparing a breakfast. People, a moment in time. paths crossed that will never cross again.
Malloy free camping area, QLD
Her eyes were wet from crying. She clutched her mobile phone tightly to her ear. Dressed in a school uniform with a backpack by her feet. Her dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. Her life in observation.
On the train, Melbourne VIC
She stands tall. Out the front of a run down house. It is her land. Her home. her life. A baby perched on her hip. Their skin the same colour as each others, but not the same as my own. I look from the car window. The baby raises her hand and waves to me. We drive past and they are out of sight. but still in my mind.
Warakurna, Great Central Road, WA
They prepare a meal. Together. Peeling potatoes into a silver dish and melting the lard in the pan before placing the roast into the fat. The lid goes on. They sit and talk. Idle chit chat staring at each other. They are as familiar to each other as breathing. Their skin no longer as smooth as their first meeting. Years have gone by. One stands and enters their caravan. Their home. The other takes a crossword and with head down completes the puzzle. All the while the meat is sizzling in the pan.
Echuca caravan park, Victoria
She walks with proudness to her camper. Her shorts and singlet showing her tanned skin. Her hair in a messy bun. Her two boys play nearby. Her husband approaches. he takes off his hat and wipes the sweat from his forehead before returning the hat onto his head. The boys run to their parents. They put the lights on their camper. Its getting dark. A family together in the middle of nowhere.
Gibbs River Road, WA