Hello my friend,
In an interview recently, a journalist asked me if I’d always been a determined, “never say die” sort of person. And, if yes, how had the fire developed that side of me?
I thought a lot about how to answer, because in many ways I would say yes.
I’m definitely a “driven” person.
But at the same time, I cry a lot. I am embarrassingly earnest at times. I’m a worrier and over thinker and over analyser.
And I’m not sure if this side of me has changed because of the fire.
But I do think the fire has given me something.
I’m no longer uncomfortable with darkness. I don’t shy away when people share painful stories. And I’m better able to traverse the light and shade that life entails.
I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed podcasting so much.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I’d be any good at it. But I’m loving it. I love talking to people about the challenges they’ve encountered, and what they’ve learned from those experiences.
Like in the last episode of Turia Pitt is Hard Work.
I spoke to the indomitable Linda Burney about her history-making political career (being the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives), connecting with her Aboriginal heritage, how she built resilience through caring for (and losing) her aunt and uncle at a young age, the loss of her husband and son, escaping a violent relationship and why she chose politics as a career path.
Linda is an incredible woman, and I’d love you to listen to our chat.
And what about you?
What have your hardest moments given you?
Are you more empathetic? Are you kinder to yourself?
Do you see life in a new way?
I’d love to know.
Let me know in the comments below.