Saturday, August 3, 2013

The World Revolves Around Me

It doesn't actually, nor could it, and neither should it, but there are times when I wish it did. For example, if the world, or even Australia revolved around me, the Prime Minister would not call the federal election until after I have visited Parliament House, and watched Question Time in the House of Representatives.

I have planned a trip to our national capital, Canberra, on August 22. Canberra is a great place to visit, and, according to locals, also a great place to live. I've been there many times. It's only a two and half hour drive from my home on the south coast of New South Wales. I love going to Canberra but this trip is going to be different. This time I am going by myself, so I can take my time and do exactly what I want to do. I'll be visiting the Museum of Democracy in the Old Parliament building, the Australian War Memorial, and I was going to Parliament House for Question Time.

The problem is that when the election date is announced, and it will be soon, parliament will be dissolved. Ergo, not only no Question Time, but also no members of parliament in the House. They'll all be busy campaigning in their electorates.

What about me? Stuff the election! I want to see some action in the House. Alas, I may be disappointed. However, I'll still have a good trip because I'll make the most of the opportunity. And that my friends is what life is all about: making the most of whatever opportunities present themselves. We may not get exactly what we want, but we can be thankful for what we do get it, and enjoy it.

When have you made the best of a less than ideal situation?

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