What does it mean to be Australian?
It means long, hot Summer days with cloudless skies
It means living in one of the harshest environments on earth.
It means living with extreme both in the weather and in the country herself
It means that no matter how tough the tests our country throws at us, we love her to the core.
It means mateship
It means the ANZAC spirit, never giving up.
It means being grounded
It means being straight and telling it how it is
it means being curious
It means being adventurous
It means pushing the limits
It means pie and footy
It means knowing how to work hard and how to play hard
It means always returning, no matter how far walkabout takes you
It means knowing how to laugh at yourself
It means helping a stranger
It means an obligatory pilgrimage to see Jonny Turk
It means being a larrikin
It means pulling your weight
It means having a go
It means treating everyone as equal
It means turning the other cheek
It means being cheeky
It means embracing Dreamtime
It means knowing how to play Two Up and sink a beer
It means playing backyard cricket with the kids next door, and then jumping in the pool with them afterwards. And it means going back out and doing it all again after dinner and a bath with pjs on.
It means being the most blessed person in the world.