All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Bear with me…

Koala Bear (Melbourne Zoo)

Koala Bear (Melbourne Zoo) | © Addy

Since returning from Melbourne two days ago I’ve been feeling very much like the Koala Bear in the above photograph. My energy (and motivational) levels have been exceedingly low, to the point I’ve been unable to do anything other than sporadically fall asleep at random opportunities. I firmly believe the cause of this is simply because I’ve been running around the city of Melbourne for eight days, trying to squeeze every activity I could into this time frame (even if this meant coming at the cost of a good night’s sleep!)

Aside from the three-day World Hearing Voices Congress (which was exhausting enough in its own right), I explored the zoo with Meadhbh, extensively toured both art galleries with Audrey, attended a midnight opening for the release of the new Zelda game, cycled along the Yarra River several times, meandered around the exhibitions at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, enjoyed some window shopping around the CBD, attended Sexpo with Shay, watched The Day of the Doctor four times  (including the early morning worldwide simulcast), and had approximately eight panic attacks a day courtesy of how hectic Melbourne has become over the last few years.

Of course, I will be writing more extensively about my adventures in Melbourne over the coming days, but for now I’m going to find a Eucalypt tree so I can practice my Koala impression a little more! :)

Hope everyone’s week has been a wonderful one! :)


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ABC Wednesday: K is for Koala

ABC Wednesday is all about having fun. It is all about the visitors and everyday life around our world. This week, my inaugural ABC Wednesday post, is all about the letter K…which, given I currently reside in Australia, can only stand for Koala.

Koala in the Wild (Victoria, 2004) © Addy

The Koala, often referred to by the taxonomically incorrect term Koala Bear, is a marsupial unique to Australia and named from the Dharuk word gula, which is erroneously said to mean “doesn’t drink”. Koalas are generally found in eastern and southern Australia but do not live in Tasmania, Western Australia or the Northern Territory; research is ongoing into whether this is a matter of taste or if the climate in these regions is simply not conducive to koala habitation, the latter being the academically preferred theory.

The koala is currently listed by the Australian and Government as  a ‘priority species for conservation status assessment’ and has been added to the threatened species list. Although no conclusive data exists studies have estimated a current population as being only 80,000 – 100,000;  a flow on effect from a cull of the koala population in the early 20th Century (where koalas were almost hunted to extinction).

Not just because they are a major drawcard for the Australian tourism industry (you can’t come to Australia without seeing a koala), we must do all we can to protect this beautiful species before it’s too late.