Jan 03 2016

It’s adventure time.

I’m sitting on a train on the way to Sydney from Newcastle. I am not normally a train person; well at least I haven’t been for many years. It’s quite relaxing, which is in complete contrast to the past few weeks.I am staying in Sydney tonight with my niece Alana and tomorrow we’re heading for Nepal for an adventure. I was in Nepal shooting a documentary on human trafficking a few years ago and this time we’re going to rebuild a house that was demolished from the earthquakes earlier this year.But back to my life the last few weeks, going on a trip away by myself is no mean feat. My husband and I have 2 children, Miss 6 and Master 3. Plus we both have our own businesses. Then throw 2 Christmas Day lunches, the first for 26 and the second for 10. Oh and I forget to mention that my husband underwent surgery around 6 weeks ago for a shoulder reconstruction. Soooo, life can be a little on the busy side.

So why do I do this? Why would I choose to ramp up my life to super-busy mode to go to the other side of the world and help people I don’t know.

It’s because I am able.

As an Australian woman, I live a life of privilege. I have access to an education; health care; fresh water; sanitation; electricity and I can expect to be safe.

My husband and I are not rich. We work hard, but we wouldn’t be classified as rich. But while we’re not rich in a monetary sense, we’re rich in the basics of life and we’re blessed with healthy, totally amazing kids. (And yes, all parents say that, but ours friggen rock!)

If I was born in Nepal, the life that would lay before me would be totally different and I know this for a fact.

So again, I am doing this rebuilding project because I am able. I want the people of Nepal to know that their plight is not their own and that they are being heard and seen.

Watch this space.

Namaste. Belinda

Ps My niece Alana is 21 and this is a huge step outside of her comfort zone! I can’t wait to share this journey with her. What a true blessing as her Aunt.

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