Saturday, 28 April 2012

Living the Australian Dream

I just finished watching the final of the first series of The Next Great Baker with Buddy Valastro, and the final challenge was for the two contestants to make their own cakes representing their American Dream.

Marissa's winning cake showed her journey from her home and family in New Jersey through school to her baking job, and experience on The Next Great Baker, to her success as the winner.

And this got me thinking, what is my Australian Dream? Traditionally, I know the Great Australian Dream is home ownership, but has that dream changed for Australians? Is it enough?

I asked my son, what he thought was the Australian Dream, and he said, travelling around Australia, which I agree seems to be as important to people as owning a home, and is definitely on our agenda of things that need to be done. I get a thrill about seeing the iconic landscapes and structures that are the stuff of postcards:


Sydney Harbour Bridge

We've really only seen WA and Tassie, and some of the capital cities, so we've got a lot of travelling to do!

Another dream of ours is overseas travel, which is a pretty general dream of Aussies. I would LOVE to see France, England, Italy, European castles, New York, Canada and New Zealand. Of course, I want to see even more than that, but these are the places I would go first.

 (I guess I like cities that glow, and very tall mountains!)

When I was younger I had a dream to get married and  have children. Well, I did both of those, for which I am very grateful! I couldn't imagine life without my boys and love them dearly.

We had a dream to build our own home and we did that, and I love our home! (Just to be clear, we didn't actually do the building of the house, but you know what I mean.)

It would be nice to have something a bit bigger, and a bit flasher. Right now, with the proximity of work and school, our home is where we need to be. And, anyway, we can't decide where else would be better! (Although I saw this house the other day, and thought it was my dream home - not a bad location either! Sorry reader, if it's your house, I got the pic from Google maps. And, by the way, do you wanna sell??)

Another dream of mine is to have the ultimate job. Teaching is pretty good, it's way up there, and I love it!
But it feels like there could be something else. I'm thinking, for many Australians, the dream is to be your own boss.

In the back of my mind, if money was not an option, my dream would be to throw myself into my own creative business and for it to be a success. Something crafty, or artistic, or to write books.

I guess if I was compelled to do those things I would have done them by now, but unfortunately I am a procrastinator when it comes to risk. I like the idea of owning a bookshop, a newsagency, a postoffice, or a gift shop (with stock of my own design), even a chocolate shop, but I worry about the economy and about the time commitment.

The safety of teaching and the joy of children is what keeps me there.

(Which teacher today wasn't inspired by Laura Ingalls in their childhood?)

Our other major dream is to spend time with our extended family, which we do pretty well, although I feel for my hubby that his Dad is in Tassie and we don't see him much. That is a great frustration for us. But what can you do, when your families are on opposite sides of the country?

So, what is your Australian Dream, and are you living it? I'm thinking we are halfway there. I guess the dream is to continue to achieve it; and even when you achieve all you've aimed for, there is always something more!

Tell me your Australian dream...



  1. What a beautiful and inspiring post Wendy! I agree with your son about my Australian dream travelling around the country. I've been to all the major cities but I haven't seen the outback or Ayers Rock yet which is something I'd love to see. I've been lucky to see a few overseas countries including a few that you have mentioned but New York is the DREAM!

    My husband and I have bought a house but I really don't think it's as much of an Australian dream as what it used to be. Time and attitudes are changing and it'll be interesting to see what happens in this country in the next few years.

    My sister in law is a teacher as well and she loves it, basically for the same reasons you do. But I guess as much as we love our jobs we'd all love to also be our own bosses and I'm with you - to own a bookshop and read and write books all day would be heaven on earth :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair


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