Walking through history in PNG

If you’ve seen me in the last few months we likely will have discussed Kokoda. If you haven’t been in for a while let me fill you in. Walking the Kokoda track has been almost a lifetime goal for myself and my mum Jane. Mum’s father Robert, fought in PNG in World War II and it has always been somewhere we’ve wanted to visit to try and gain an understanding of what it was like. Although we clearly were unable to undertake the experience in the same conditions as the troops 71 years ago, we were able to get a sense of how truly daunting a task they faced. The terrain was relentlessly steep and slippery (even in dry season), and once you stepped no more than a couple of metres off the track the jungle was so impenetrable that you would lose site of the rest of the group.
If I came back with anything (other than sore legs and a few mozzie bites) it was a realisation that we place too much emphasis in our lives on stuff that we don’t need and not enough on the important things like your family and friends. Spend more time with your family and make the time to catch up with people who are important to you (in real life, face to face!).

Strangely enough whilst writing this email, the following quote appeared on my Facebook feed and I thought it was very relevant –

We collect too much of everything. If you’re not using it, viewing it, reading it, loving it, or appreciating it, maybe you should give it away, preferably to someone who will. They’ll be happy and so will you.Life is far too short to burden yourself. Lighten up, while you still can.”

I’ve now ticked a major event off my bucket list and it’s time to move along to the next one! What’s on your bucket list? Leave a comment~

Cheers and enjoy the rest of your week!


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