Photographer: Jub Bryant
Location: Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
Website: Tiki Touring Kiwi
Meditating on the waters edge in Hervey Bay
This photo was taken in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Having had a blast on the vineyards in Martinborough, New Zealand, I decided to have a go at farm work in one of Australia’s food bowls, Bundaberg.
The wage rates are higher in Australia, you hear success stories of people savings thousands of dollars in a short period, having the best time of their lives, and as most of them are European, get the chance to apply for a second year visa.
In the first few weeks of my Bundaberg working experience, I’d been fired, worked for less than 50% of minimum wage and woken up more times before 6 am than I had for a long, long time. There was plenty of negative energy around the hostel; no one was really happy to be there it felt like.
It wasn’t all bad, despite the circumstances you can’t help but make friends with everyone in the hostel. The ability to vent to others who are going through exactly what you are is amazing.
A few of us took an opportunity for a road trip. One night in Hervey Bay was all we had, but it was just what the doctor ordered.
Looking out to Fraser Island, my friend snapped this photo of me meditating on the waters edge.
Meditation is something that’s been on and off in my life for the last few years. Normally you won’t see me doing it out in the open, but I’d gone ahead of my friends to do so this time round, and they’d left me to it. The photo afterward was a bonus.
After this 15 minutes of meditation, everything felt just that much more chilled out. Farm work was still going to be farm work; I got fired from a potato farm a few days later. Mediation, though, you can’t give it a score as such, but it helped me feel way happier for the next few days.
It’s been a couple of months since the photo was taken and I’m stoked that it was this random decision to do some meditation that’s gotten me back into the rhythm of doing so a few times a week.
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