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July 31, 2018

Dog Quote: ‘Heart beat at my feet’

 

Word of the week: Vigilant; keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. "the burglar was spotted by vigilant neighbours" Synonyms: watchful, on the lookout, observant, keeping one’s eye’s peeled, attentive, paying attention, alert, on one’s toes.

 

On occasions in your life may chance upon meeting some very rare individuals that radiate charisma, poise, purity, a general appreciation for life, the people and the environment that surrounds them plus know how to have a little light hearted fun on their way through life.

When these certain gifted individuals grace their way into the same space as you can feel their presence even sense their warmth. They tend to leave a lingering sensation in the room well after they have left. Some of them are softly spoken, some of them seem to see right through you, some have style and some you just get hypnotised by the way they move and act. A natural part of their being bestows no pretence, no malicious intent and no undermining towards others. They operate in a manner that leads us to wander about their existence, so enigmatic you can’t stop looking at them or thinking about your close encounter with them. There are no words!

 

I have been lucky enough to have been at the right place at the right time and encountered certain individuals who I believe are extremely inspirational and have impacted how I conduct myself in my day to day life. Of course I am a mere normal human being so on some occasions upon meeting celebrities I only let out an excited jumble of incoherent nonsense, not flattering but fortunately most encounters thankful I kept my cool.

My time working at Australia Zoo was a relatively short stint (almost 3 years) compared to the career minded wildlife carers but my stint there was life changing to say the least. I had the chance to work with exceptional people like Pete Traynor, Brett Mostyn and Carmen Ludcke.

A few years early the University of the Sunshine Coast invited Steve Irwin to our graduation represent the first graduating Environmental Science Students, he arrived wearing Jeans with Blundstones and an engaging smile. I didn’t meet him that night, I didn’t realise at the time I ever would.

 

The day Steve Irwin zipped along the sealed foot paths on his quad in the wetlands section of Australia Zoo to ask me how ‘Bruce the Brolga’ was going I had tingles ripple up my spine as he approached. Steve genuinely loved all the animals within his Zoo but he had developed an affinity towards some of the creatures he had personally rescued during his travels around Australia. He spoke with such respect, he was so grateful to have like-minded people caring for creatures without a voice and he imparted a wisdom beyond words. I had many brief encounters with Steve during my time at Australia Zoo I’m very thankful for those few magical moments in time.

 

In 2016 spending a weekend in Bundaberg with mum Beverley and my niece Ashlee we popped into a café for lunch and low and behold who walked in the door Emma Wiggle! With the lovely Lachy of course. My cousin’s daughter (3 at the time) was in awe of Emma Wiggle and I even had this overwhelming sensation that made my heart beat faster, Emma was the first female Wiggle holy dooley she was in the same room as me! I had to meet her……. I as politely as I could approached the table, still giddy, asked for a photo to send my cousin. Emma is the most beautiful human being outside and in, so softly spoken and sweet. I still treasure the memory dearly as I applaud women who assist in educating our children in a range of ways with the focus being on fun and individuality.

 

Being a part of the Woodford Folk Festival you can’t help run into a few well known peeps. Claire Bowditch floored me, I squealed with delight in her presence, Mama Kin and Claudia Karvan again I was aghast with excitement, I had to ask Mike who he was (Passenger), embarrassing and happily sat with Judith Lucy while watching a show, I controlled myself that time.

 

All of these encounters would not have been possible if it weren’t for the intrinsically witty and endearing Bill Hauritz. What Bill has achieved by creating a world renowned festival in Queensland is beyond compare and comprehension. There is an inexplicable quality to his essence, an unprecedented desire to share art and music with the world, his work ethic is remarkable and his sense of humour is inviting.

 

Over the time I have spent volunteering with Bill I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people I look up to in so many ways. One of my favourite guests during the festival who visited 'Bill’s Island' was Bob Hawke and Blanche d’alpuget, legendary doesn’t seem to do the pair justice as they are genuinely each one of a kind and time spent in there company is also time well spent.

 

I hope to continue to meet more people I think are inspirational individuals in the future, even if I do make a goose of myself, as these experiences heighten the senses and let me know there are wonderful beings gracing this earth who allow you to know that it is ok to be yourself, stand by your convictions and be an inspiration to others.

 

Have you had some close encounters with individuals who you think are inspirational?

xox Bec Mc

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