Happy New Year greetings to one and all!
This week’s photo challenge is all about being resilient and Ben asks us to share a photo of something that has endured. This week, share a photo of something that says “resilient” to you. It could be a local landmark that has survived through the decades (or centuries), or a portrait of a person you know who never gives up….Show us something that has endured.
I have just spent a week with my family in a beautiful holiday house on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The slogan for Queensland is ‘Beautiful one day, perfect the next’ and it was just that! We enjoyed early morning bike rides, walks along the beach, fun in the pool, hot sunny days and each other’s company.
But it’s the area of Surfers Paradise that came to mind when I saw the prompt for this week’s photo challenge. Surfers Paradise has been a mecca for holiday makers for decades and will continue well into the future I’m sure. Although it can be a bit tacky, glitzy and over the top it is a resilient place. It has endured! Love it or hate it, Surfers Paradise is to be congratulated on its resilience. My husband and I spent our honeymoon (almost 37 years ago) at Surfers Paradise and have visited countless time over the years, mainly due to the proximity of grandparents and other relatives – it’s also an entertaining, fun place to visit, especially when you live in the mountains many miles from the sea.
What makes it resilient though? I like to think it’s the natural beauty of the beachside location and the lovely weather. Others might say it’s the history of the place, the surfing culture, the quintessential Australian experience for tourists from all over the world, the reputation that goes with the name and the fun laid-back nature of the area. Sun, sand and sea!!
As we walked through the main shopping area the other day we came across two scantily dressed young women in gold bikinis (and little else). They are known as Gold Coast Meter Maids. Back in the early 1960s the meter maids walked around dressed in gold lamé bikinis and a tiara carrying coins to top-up expired parking meters. They left a card which said ‘You have just been saved from a parking fine by the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids’. The uniform is now a gold Lycra bikini and an Akubra hat and they usually wear a sash that proclaims them to be be Surfers Paradise Meter Maids. I understand the persistent criticism that the scantily-clad meter maids are an anachronism and an embarrassment. But I can tell you they are still a popular draw-card, if the number of people asking for their photos to be taken with the girls was any indication! It all comes back to resilience.
With just a couple of days left in 2016, let’s close the year on a strong note and celebrate our individual and collective fortitude: it may have been a rough year for many of us, but we’re a tough bunch. (I’m talking about humans, but also specifically about bloggers. It takes courage and conviction to put yourself and your thoughts out there, post after post.)
I agree with Ben’s comment that it takes courage and conviction for us bloggers to put ourselves out there whether it is in words or pictures. It has been a rough year for me and blogging has helped, my blogging friends have supported me with their comments and understanding. I like to share my thoughts and some people just don’t get it, why we blog, what we gain out of it and how it helps us cope. But I know bloggers get it and so in a way we are a resilient bunch – it’s a shame I can’t take a photo of us all for this post!
As the sunsets on 2016 I would like to wish you all the best for the New Year – here’s hoping 2017 is everything you want it to be!
Thanks for being an important part of my world.
About me – I too am resilient.
PS: Sorry if you thought there might be a photo of a gold bikini in this post!