Seven Years

Flashback five years:

I can ask the same thing of myself another 5 years later, with probably even less to offer in response, particularly in terms of professional or personal accomplishment.   A year and a half after asking myself that question, I left Katanning and moved to Halls Creek and a new job at the Halls Creek Shire.  A year and a half after that I changed roles and relocated to Billiluna.

Today, the 23rd of March represents the completion of seven years service in Western Australia Local Government.  Which means I am eligible for 70% of my long service leave entitlement of twelve weeks paid leave.  That is around 8.4 weeks.  I have 15 weeks accumulated leave as well.   That is almost half a year’s pay to collect.

My boss has recently gently hinted I should give some thought to the matter of my future, and whether I want to continue this existence in a remote community.  Though I am sure she is primarily concerned for my own wellbeing in my advancing age and deteriorating condition,  I believe I may have good reason to suspect that I, and my way of doing things, may no longer fit comfortably into the long-term strategic view of youth services in East Kimberley.

And probably quite right.  I am not sure I have made any difference at all.

So, perhaps it may now at last be time to take the money and run.  My health and mobility issues probably mean I should get out and have some fun while I still can.


I must go down to the sea again.

The Lonely Sea, and the Sky

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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