Story by Anna Gray
I live in Perth so we didn’t have too many worries about COVID-19. For the few weeks we couldn’t catch up in person I did a few Zoom catch ups with six of my girlfriends that I had been to Broome with on holiday. They were good chats and we had lots of laughs. I even had a glass of wine!
Once we could get back out again, I loved going to my local park for a swing. People in my neighbourhood know me because I like to dance and sing out and about. I also organised a few picnics down by the river when the cafés were closed. We played French cricket and chatted.
By the way, I got my green belt this year and all my friends there were really happy for me. They are a big part of my community.
I work at St John of God Hospital as a mailroom assistant. I take the mail to the wards and around the hospital and last year I received an award for making a difference to the workplace as it helped the ward clerks as they didn’t have to take the mail downstairs. I like to sing and dance a bit when I am going around the hospital. I think it cheers people up.
I really love going to my local gym which is close to where I live. I know lots of people and the gym guys happen to be pretty cute. I feel really connected with all the people at the gym as I have been going since I left school and I am 24 now! I am pretty independent and go out and about in my community. I have people come up to me and say ‘Hi’ and so many times ‘Hey you are the singing girl from the gym’.
I really like my local community.
I like to catch up with my friends and we always have a birthday celebration. I like going into Fremantle where I go to karaoke with friends and everyone is always in a good mood and people come up for a chat.
I also join into open water swimming events where everyone is really supportive, and we clap each other when we cross the finish line. I am a member of Superfins swim club and there is usually a few of us who meet up for these swims. We go away for swimming camps as well so I can spend more time with my swimming buddies.
I love Capoeira as I am really connected to all my friends there. At the end of the session we get into a circle and share our positive of the day. Everyone is happy for me and I am happy for them.
There is a song called I love you just the way you are. I feel my community feels this way about me.