A comfortable life with loving family and friends in a country that is not at war. It puts into perspective my work situation (we call them #firstworldproblems) and makes me grateful that I am employed and taking home money.
It just sickens me that anyone can shoot at a plane, knowing that any lives (whether it's a commercial flight or not) will be lost. The stories of Aussies on board who have lost their lives makes it hit home and it is even sadder to learn a lot of the Aussies on board were educators.
I also feel for Malaysian Airlines. I don’t think you could fault them for the MH17 flight, although their blame for MH370 is contentious given we still don’t know what happened to the plane. I personally believe these incidents could have happened to almost any of the commercial airlines and they are unlucky enough to be hit twice in a 6 month period. I have flown Malaysian Air before and have to say they are one of the best airlines I have flown with.
Meanwhile on Australian soil, this past weekend was the #RiseForAlex round of the NRL. The support shown to this young man who is struggling to learn to walk again after a horrific tackle is completely overwhelming. I made the trip up to Newcastle for the Knights vs Titans game and the sense of community and support was amazing. Alex himself teared up a number of times before and during the game; even I did when the crowd gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name. The latest I heard, they had raised $1.1M for this young man which is just incredible.
Alex McKinnon is in the wheelchair standing next to Knights captain Kurt Gidley.
Sorry, I don't mean to be all doom and gloom. I'll be back next time for lighter topics :)