Posted April 08, 2018 05:03:27 It was the year 2007 and I was a new teacher at a small New South Wales school, in the rural north of the state.
It was a tough time, with a long, long drought in the south and floods across the country.
I was also on my first day as a teacher, and I needed to be prepared.
What I wanted to know is what happened when I was out in the fields and the wind picked up and the rain came.
It turned out that in my experience of the field, people are very careful when they are out in it.
They do not go out there and get wet.
Instead they sit down and watch the water go by, they make sure they have their wetsuits and they put some sort of protection over themselves and their hands.
There was no way I could do that in the paddock.
The water just washed over my head and on to my back, but it was my fault.
I had not gone out at all.
On my way back to my car, I spotted the head of a man in the field who looked like he might be injured.
He was in a paddock, but he did not look too badly injured.
He had a bandage wrapped around his head, and a hand on his shoulder.
That is when I knew it was time to put a stop to my self-destructive behaviour.
Over the years, I have learnt to manage the stress and the anxiety I felt, but I had been living this way since I was four years old.
When I was 12 years old, I was told I had to stop drinking, and that if I did not stop, I would be locked in a cell for life.
As a teacher who is constantly on the go, I know there are moments when it feels like I cannot be here, but if I had known then, I wouldn’t have spent so long in the same place.
Every time I go to a paddocks to make sure I am not going to get wet, I am aware of how much I have helped people.
People can feel overwhelmed when they see me, but what people do not realise is that I am just here because I have done this for people.
I do not need money to help them.
All that matters is that we make sure we are safe, healthy and can go about our lives.
My greatest fear is not that I will die, but that I might be left behind and left to rot in the wild.
A lot of people in the community say that it is the nature of a paddocked community that it does not get a lot of rainfall, so it is difficult for a lot people to get water.
But it is not because I am poor, it is because of the drought and the flood.
If people can understand that I do this because of them, they will be more likely to help and help more.
This article is part of News.org.au’s “The Truth About Your Career” series, which aims to share the truth about life, career and the future.
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