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.