Sunday, 13 October 2013

Finding Their Bliss: Tim and his Tasmanian Paradise

Welcome Bliss Seekers to the very first post for my new column 'Finding Their Bliss' Bliss can hold a different meaning for each of us. It could be a huge part of our lives or a tiny moment rarely experienced. For me it is the connection to the ocean and the little moments experienced on a daily basis. For others it is a life long search. The point of this column is to inspire you to find or acknowledge the bliss that is in your own lives and have a sneak peek into the success others have achieved by following their hearts and finding their bliss in life.

With out further ado I'd like to introduce you to Tim and his moments of bliss.

1 Where do you live and what do you love about it?

I live a little township called Four Mile Creek on the East Coast of Tasmania. Not sure of the exact amount of houses/shacks here but it couldn’t be more than 30. My house is called ‘Surfers Joy’. Named for the joy surfing brings to me and my friends that stay and also named after my little niece that passed away Daisy Joy. Her spirit will always live on here.

Why do I love it here? There are many reasons; I guess the main reason is that I am right across from the ocean, a place where I truly feel at home and I belong. I get up every morning and watch the sun rise, check out the surf and feel at home and at peace here.

Being only a small community there is a great deal of mateship. Everyone gets on well and everyone will help each other out. Knowing that no more land will ever get subdivided will keep Four Mile how it should be and not commercialised and ruined like many other beach side towns.

About 3km south there is a micro brewery, vineyard and restaurant so if I want I can head down there for a feed, beer or wine. It’s a nice bonus but I don’t make it common practice as I love spending time at my own house.

2 What does living your 'bliss' mean to you?

Bliss is a great word. Living your bliss is truly exceptional. I imagine it as living in a state of extreme happiness.  Although I am not fully there I believe I have set the foundations in place and well on the way to achieving it. I have battled bi-polar since my late teens and it has caused a roller coaster life. I find that two things make it better. One is the ocean and two is exercise, particularly running. By moving to Four Mile Creek and also training for a charity run I know that I will achieve my ‘bliss’ living at some stage. Even though I will never rid myself of the ‘black dog’ I do know that I made a move in the right direction to taming it.

3 You are inspired by…..

You could write here a famous person and I am sure a lot of people think of a famous or well known person when initially given that question.

I though am inspired by some who faces their fears and sets up a pathway to change their life for the better. Someone who will tackle it head on, know that a little short term pain will equal long term gain.

One of my favourite sayings is “a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step”.  Those people who take that step in the right direction and start their journey to a better life inspire me.

4 Describe your perfect Sunday

I wake up early before dawn and slowly watch the sun rise over the ocean from my house. There isn’t a breath of wind and the lines of long ground swell become slowly more evident. The sun rears itself over the horizon casting a brilliant glow over the beach and surrounding headlands. The point is peeling perfect long rights and begging to be ridden. I roust up my mates who are staying and we all hit the surf together and share the stoke for hours. We all come back together and fire up the bbq on the deck and cook up a great post surf feed. We relax, chat and share wave stories. For the rest of day we fish or dive, play beach cricket, sun-bake all while enjoying the sun and ocean. We sneak in for a late arvo surf and come back to cook up the fish we caught, crack a few beers and play some tunes on the stereo or by our own jam season. This goes on until the sun is well and truly down and we retire to repeat it all again tomorrow.

5 What is your advice to those who are in search of their own 'bliss'

Make the commitment to take the first step of the thousand and see where you end up. It doesn’t have to revolve around the ocean, your ‘bliss’ can be anything.  Face yours fears and don’t let them fear you anymore.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. " ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Sending you Much Bliss, Heather xx

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