I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Queenscliff with some friends during the week. We hired motorized scooters and rode them along the Bellarine Rail Trail in the late afternoon, arriving at a coastal winery called Basil's Farm just as the sun was setting. We enjoyed some good wine, nibbles and even better company in the still of the early evening as we sat by the bay watching the sky change from blue to pink to purple. We happily took a few choice bottles of wine back to our accomodation to share and had a lovely evening of drinking and chatting. It was really nice to get away and enjoy some good company, a little salty air and a change of pace for a while.
Easter was an extremely busy affair, with Craig's birthday tossed into the middle for good measure. Thank goodness Zoe came down from Geelong for a few days to help me manage all of the cooking and running around that is required to host an Easter feast for a dozen people. In the end, it all went off without a hitch and everyone left with full hearts and even fuller bellies. Now I have a fridge that is overstocked with leftovers, which means that I can take a load off for a couple of days as we work through our stockpile of food provisions, so the whole event was a win-win for me overall.
Seriously though, I really cannot imagine what my life would be like without all of the wonderful people that I get to share it with, these people support me, raise me up and offer me refuge when I need it most of all. The people that you surround yourself with do give your life meaning and do make it more profound, enjoyable and abundant by just being present. There are a million things in this life that you can be successful at, and a billion more material things that you can collect or earn, but there will never be a greater or more meaningful thing to gather into your life than the love, respect and quality time that you get to share with your good friends and family; it is absolutely priceless.
When you really sit back and take stock of how many incredible people you have in your life, you very quickly realise how blessed you truly are and how much meaning your life truly has. It isn't what we have that makes our lives meaningful, it is who we have in it that makes it more meaningful, so surround yourself with the most wonderful people that you can and get the best out of your life every day, because you deserve to.
Release Date: 2009
Running Time: 94 mins
A beautifully composed and lovingly crafted Australian, stop motion animation, written and directed by Adam Elliot. This is one of those films that sticks with you, because it is both wonderful and harrowing in so many ways. The film deals with a range of different themes including Asperger's Syndrome, childhood neglect, depression and anxiety; tying them altogether in a tale about an unlikely and enduring friendship.
Mary Daisy Dinkle is a lonely and neglected eight year old from Mount Waverley, Australia. Daisy is desperate for a friend, so she randomly chooses the name Max Horowitz from a telephone book and writes him a letter asking if he would like to be her pen pal. Max is an obese, autistic, 44 year old man that is both challenged and engaged by Daisy's letter, and a life long pen friendship begins.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Colette, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries all lend their voices to the cause, and the overall effect is brilliantly affecting. This film deserved far more attention than it received, so if you haven't seen it yet yourself, then I suggest you do soon.
FINAL SAY: You are my best friend, you are my only friend.
4 Chilli Peppers