If you have read my previous blogs, you may have come across my blog titled ‘Feeling isolated? What you can do to help overcome it’. One of the key tips highlighted in this blog was treating your Pilbara friends like your family. This tip is so important to me and in light of this, made me want to write a blog to share with you focusing on this topic alone.
In the dictionary, a family is described as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not, or as any group of persons closely related by blood.
Whilst this is the traditional view of what a family looks like, I believe a family is so much more than just blood relatives. Don’t get me wrong, I have a beautiful, loving ‘traditional family’ in the form of my parents, my brother Matt with his 2 children, my brother Sam and his partner Mikala, my in-laws, my extended family, my husbands extended family and of course my loving husband and gorgeous toddler Stevie.
Whilst I am blessed with this loving family, unfortunately we cannot always be together and do not live in the same location that allows us to interact with each other on a daily basis or lean on each other for support. That is where your ‘Pilbara Family’ come into play! I believe this is something special and unique in the Pilbara Community and feel blessed to be a part of it.
The bonds you form with people in this region, due to the remoteness and majority of people being in the same boat – living away from their families – is so special and unlike anything I have experienced living in other locations. Sometimes you find moving to certain towns people can be ‘clicky’ and are happy with their own social group already. This is definitely not the case here in the Pilbara.
I remember when I first moved to Tom Price, I was 24, single and moving to a remotely location without knowing anyone. Within my first week of moving to town, I was already invited to the local pub for someone’s farewell drinks, had a couple of guys from work come over and help set up my TV and had been invited over to a girl’s place to make sushi and watch a movie. I couldn’t believe how welcomed I was.
Since living in Tom Price, I have resided in Paraburdoo, Karratha and now Dampier and have members of my ‘Pilbara Family’ in my life still to this day from each town. Living in Dampier now, and seeing my Pilbara Family grow either from new people arriving in town or little bubbas joining their family, reminds me that even though we live away from our traditional family, we can still get the companionship, love, loyalty, compassion and friendship from the beautiful people we are building our lives with.
Each time we welcome an Au Pair into our lives our family grows even bigger. It is a connection that can last a lifetime with your family and is a significant milestone in everyone’s lives – especially your child/children and your Au Pair’s.
Open yourself up to the Pilbara Family that is out there waiting for you or remember to reflect on how lucky you are to be part of your current Pilbara Family.
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