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Your past is your life before the present time. The present is the period of time that is happening now, not the past or the future. The future is a period of time that is to come.

No matter how old you are, the past takes up most of our being. Everything we think, everything we do is rooted in our past. In our youngest childhood we learned to walk and talk, later we learned to read and write. When we walk today, we do not consciously think about putting one foot in front of the other. We simply recall the words we use in conversations etc. We know what a tree is when we see it - or we see it in our mind's eye when we hear or read the word. Memories are always retrospects of past moments. 

The future is the time period from the present to the moment when our life clock stops ticking. What we fortunately do not know exactly is how many years our life clock has left. With my 36 years, I should assume that it has at least the same number of years left. But, you never know. 

The present, on the other hand, is the shortest time span. It is a moment, a heartbeat. The present is the moment when we experience a sensation, a feeling, just before it becomes another memory. How consciously do we live in the present?

 

"18 year old me was thriving and I didn't even know it"
I have read these lines recently. The lad who wrote this, is probably 20-21 years old today.

How do we perceive this state of being? When are we doing well? How can we measure this? What does it actually mean? 

It is interesting when other people make the statement that I am fine (must be fine). Does the fact that you have some improvements and beautifications made to the house while at the same time the necessary car is 'upgraded' to a new version justify the assumption "You must be well off"? 

Do status symbols serve as a benchmark? Is a house or a car a status symbol? 

103551-sand-wildlife-top-marsupial-beach-2560x1440.thumb.jpg.4043c4454e019fc50128d077619081b1.jpgMany people see it that way. They measure success and the well-being of other people by status symbols. This is a pity. This is superficially. Was I ever asked why I chose this car? No. It gets even more interesting when you live in a tiny village where everybody thinks they know everyone else. A place where rumors spread faster than wildfires. 

But how can I tell that I'm doing well?

I don't think there's a universal answer to that. My own attitude to life and basic needs are my criteria. Independence, open-mindedness, tolerance, friendship, love,... a cozy home. I'm fine when I'm surrounded by loved ones. I am fine when I do not have to worry about my family and friends, or only worry a very little. I am fine when I can enjoy nature. I could continue the list. 

Looking back, there were only a few episodes in my life where I was not doing well.  

The ability to recognise what you (really) need in life to be well helps you to live your life more in the present. It is about enjoying the moment. 

 

Coolum-Beach.thumb.jpg.3e0f1713452574f58609dfc9a1059078.jpgThe future is unwritten. We dream, we create ideas, ideas turn to plans. 

The future brings changes and chances. We change, our plans change. There are opportunities that lie ahead. We just have to be careful not to miss them. Anyone who knows me a little knows what I'm talking about. Our plan to spend an equal amount of time each year in Australia and Europe has changed. We have realised that our future is here in Australia. But even the place where we live will be a different place in future. When we took over a small tourism company a few months ago, we also acquired (at first unnoticed) a piece of land. Anyone who now thinks that we have either lost our minds or are hopeless optimists when we acquire a company in a pandemic, in a lockdown, a company that is currently unable to operate, does not know us well enough. 
We are realists with sound optimism. We have confidence in the future. 

My life has changed fundamentally within a year - our lives. The desire to slow life down became a reality. But the last couple of months have shown us what is important for us. As it turned out, the piece of land is a jewel. It is a peaceful place by the ocean, the closest neighbours are kilometres away. There are plenty of trees and wildlife. It is the place where we will build our new home. It will be our first home, which we will create together from scratch. 

The future, our plans and their realisation, will certainly bring obstacles and challenges. Am I afraid? Not in the slightest. 


How about you? How do you see the future? Got any new plans?
 

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Kawika

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If these are photos of where you live... How do I see the future?... I would love to come and live the rest of my life there... 

In terms of the past this  year has forced me to do a lot of revisions, recalculations and rethinking about a lot of things. what I have learned about the past is it's not what has happened to you but what you did to overcome any problems or obstacles to what brought  us to today... and what we have to do  for the journey to tomorrow. One of the things I've done that was long overdue was raise the cost admission to access my (our) life and be a part of it.

How do you know you are happy and successful?... Well for me or I should say us...is that life presents a series or remarkable beautiful moments that sometimes even overthinking can make them start to evaporate so I've learned to embrace them and appreciate them until the next new remarkable moment presents itself. Wait for these moments in life because you can feel them all the way down to your core. Being in the right place, with the right people and having the proper mindset helps these moments manifest themselves.

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Tomster

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17 hours ago, Kawika said:

If these are photos of where you live... How do I see the future?... I would love to come and live the rest of my life there... 

Kawika, thank you for your comment. The photos in the blog entry are exemplary, although the photo with the kangaroos is very similar. Kangaroos are quite common on the beach at sunrise. 

This Foto shows a little bit of the place I mentioned. 

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(The beach needs a cleanup.) 

Here is a short video to give an impression of the Mackay region which is southern of our current (and future) location. 

 

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Kawika

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42 minutes ago, Tomster said:

Kawika, thank you for your comment. The photos in the blog entry are exemplary, although the photo with the kangaroos is very similar. Kangaroos are quite common on the beach at sunrise. 

This Foto shows a little bit of the place I mentioned. 

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(The beach needs a cleanup.) 

Here is a short video to give an impression of the Mackay region which is southern of our current (and future) location. 

 

So very beautiful.... I'll come and help with cleaning up the beach!

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Tomster

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21 hours ago, Kawika said:

I'll come and help with cleaning up the beach!

I appreciate your offer. 😘

21 hours ago, Kawika said:

So very beautiful....

It really is. Unfortunately, the photo cannot capture the real sensory experiences. 

Btw, "Foto" is German for photo. It happens that I speak Germlish. 😁

21 hours ago, Tomster said:

Here is a short video to give an impression of the Mackay region which is southern of our current (and future) location. 

I obviously forgot the video. 

plus a bonus 

 

I probably mentioned it before, we fell in love with the country during our road trip along the east coast of Australia a few years ago. The reasons for this were the flora and fauna, the landscapes, but also the Australians themselves. As a strangers, as a tourists we always felt welcome. 

Queensland is the second-largest state in the Commonwealth of Australia with an area 1,852,642 square kilometres. It is about 5 times larger than Germany, but has a population of only 5.11 million. You'll find in Queensland deserts, savanna, sand beaches, coral reefs, but also rainforests. The Wet Tropics of Queensland consists of approximately 9,000 square kilometres wet tropical forest. The Wet Tropics is 80 million years older than Amazonas. 

The Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef were selected as World Heritage Site. These areas need more protection. The Great Barrier Reef has suffered another mass bleaching event this year. It was the third in five years. Two-thirds of the reef was damaged in 2016/2017. 

I think you have to experience the breathtaking beauty of nature and the vastness of the country for yourself. It gives me a feeling of freedom and inner peace. 

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Kawika

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Thank you for posting the videos... just beautiful. I've been to Australia many times but now I have a new destination for my bucket list. Thank you again for sharing.

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