EVERYONE JUST NEEDS TO CHILL OUT & CHEER UP!
I’ve lived in Sydney since my family migrated here in 1988, I haven’t lived anywhere else & I’ve barely left my beloved city to go to see others in Australia. Somehow it felt as if living elsewhere would have been a betrayal & anyway I couldn’t envision myself being anywhere other than Sydney, that is until recently.
Sydney is not the same lady I once knew, she’s dried up & tired. I remember many years ago touching down in Sydney from a trip to the Greek Islands & having an overwhelming sense of relief that I was home, not even a holiday to paradise could assuage my homesickness. Today however I’m ready to flee like every other Sydneysider. Every second month I’m craving another holiday to get away from here. Even as I sit here writing this I feel a sense of guilt for abandoning ship but I think my feelings are justified.
For some reason I just don’t think people are happy here anymore. Everyone is so stressed out in Sydney that we’ve become a grumpy, cold & rude bunch of pricks. You can’t smile at anyone for fear of reprisal or offer help just in case someone should think you’re trying to do wrong by them. So everyone goes about their daily habits with sour expressions & dragging their knuckles. We used to be such a happy jovial lot here in our fair city of lights. I could dance in the streets without the sound of music & people would start to dance with me. Every Friday & Saturday night without fail was a party & Oxford Street was the place to be. Now I roam the city streets & hear tumbleweed blowing in the distance. My lady Sydney is in hibernation & will need a major facelift when she wakes because we are far from being able to compete with the action & throng of other major cities in the world.
I think one of our biggest problems here is that we’ve forgotten who we are, we’ve forgotten that we’re supposed to be a chilled out laid back city in a take the piss kind of country. What’s happened to taking the piss out of life & laughing it in the face anyway? We are way too serious, way too stressed & definitely too aggressive. People have let life get to them & have become angry as a result & it’s created an unwelcome atmosphere. I mean tourists find Sydneysiders to be really unfriendly, when did that happen, I’m certainly not unfriendly. So when did we become such grumpy shits, it’s about time we learn to chill out again. See all this stress is causing people to want to abandon Sydney & move to other parts where life is a little simpler & a lot more stress free. But can’t we achieve that life we seek here, I think we can it’s just a matter of perspective & attitude. It’s not that hard to stop taking life so seriously & learn to laugh again, retrain ourselves to use those facial muscles & smile a little. Talk to strangers, do things to get out of your comfort zones, stop begrudging everything & everyone because life hasn’t turned out how you planned. Guess what Sydney, life hasn’t turned out how anyone planned but you know what, shit we are so lucky here! We are so very fortunate to be living in such a beautiful city. So bloody smile, it could be so much worse, don’t take lady luck for granted because I think we’ve worn this city out & we need to build her back up again to her once great self!
Everyone just keep calm, chill out & cheer up!
Love Lexi XXX