I had been living in a small mining town for a couple of years. To get my start underground I started playing football, although I had not played AFL before I could play rugby so that helped a bit just not with the rules which I got picked up on through the first few years of my career haha. One of my first games, the atmosphere around the club was infectious, the crowd got right behind the team. After the game all the players, supporters and family’s Were having drinks at the club house, it was a good family environment. I started talking to a couple of lads that had been in town for a long time. I told them about the house I had bought and the repairs on the fence I was going to do the next day. They mentioned that they would be there to help in the morning. Me not thinking to much about it went home early to rest for the next day, that night and didn’t think I would receive any help. The very next morning in the early hours I had a knock at my door and these guys all dressed in work gear ready to work with me and give me a hand without a second thought. This act of kindness really showed me that there are some good people in this world, there word is there bond and actions speak louder than words. I will never forget all the help I have had through the years and have always tried to return a hand if anyone has asked. The smallest kind gesture can go along way.(that’s me at front giving my son a high five my number was 44 too)
Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large.
I started my blog in order to share my story about what I’ve learned along the way. Everyone has a past and everyone can have a future for the positive, if you want to. I have had a few speeches so far in front of groups of 30 to 40 high school students and will be talking in front of more soon. I talk about where I am now, to where I was. The hurdles that I faced, and the ups and downs that life can throw. I don’t sugar coat my experiences, with honesty comes trust. I talk about social media, bullying and the best place to have a fight which is in a ring against someone who is in there for the same reason as you in a controlled environment. I talk about the people who film bullying or fights and allow open conversation about issues faced. I talk about future career and finishing high school as it helps in future jobs and areas to start if you don’t know what you want to be there are options like the military and mining and explain how to get a start. The purpose for all my story is in the hope that one person will take it on board and learn from it, sometimes bad things happen but it’s what you do after is what defines you. Sharing my story and so many I’ve read and the people I know about struggle and success I know I’m not alone and through hard work and moving forward anyone can enjoy the journey and find happiness. I will never give up because I know who is watching me.