Why you should feel #blessed to live in Australia

December 29, 2016
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Straya. Home of sandy beaches and murderous magpies. There are a lot of things that make Australia a great country to live in. We often don’t realise how fortunate we really are until we take a step back and admire the brilliantly unique lifestyle we lead. So because I’m feeling patriotic AF, you get to listen to me boast about how amazing our nation is and why we should always remember that we are #blessed to live in one of the best countries in the world.

Multi-cultural country

We are truly blessed to have such an accepting multi-cultural society. I’m not saying that racism doesn’t exist in Australia, there are assholes everywhere. However, stats show that 43 per cent of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. We are fortunate to live in such a harmonious country with many different cultures we can learn from.

Freedom of speech

In Australia, any old tosser with an opinion has the freedom to make him/herself heard. We can protest, form political groups and post angry rants on social media. You can literally say whatever the fuck you want here. However, other countries are not so fortunate. North Korea's human rights record is among the worst in the world and the citizens of Korea are constantly under close scrutiny, forbidden from expressing political views. Freedom of speech is actually a luxury we take for granted, but a lot of people don’t have.

Different and beautiful eco system

Australia has a large variety of beautiful natural ecosystems. We have golden sandy beaches with clean water, tropical rainforests, arid deserts and snowy mountains. For some, Australia’s rural and harsh landscape can be seen as brittle and ugly compared to the grassy rolling hills of England or the crisp, sparkling snow of Finland. However, when you live here long enough, you start to appreciate our landscapes rugged red and brown as something unique and beautiful.

Health care system

Australia has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. Medicare provides basic health cover for all Australians and we also have a private health care system. In other countries, even going to the hospital after a fatal accident will cost enough to put the average family into debt. We are incredibly lucky to be able to seek medical care when we need it.

We’re pretty bloody laid back

Australians have a reputation for being laid back and friendly. Here in Aus, a simple “How’re ya garn?” will be enough to strike up a friendly conversation with a local. A beer with a mate is a special bonding experience and a Bunnings sausage sizzle is a rite of passage to becoming a full-blown Aussie legend. On ya mate.

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon