I’ll do these in the order I remember, I’d love to expand on all of these but time is pressing:
The animals: Mario is my avatar, he too has passed through the rainbow gate (what a lovely phrase) he was quite the cat and we now have 2 cats, Mela the peoples cat, and Nocciolina balerina. I’ll post some pics in a what animals do u have thread sometime?
The pup is Lupo, border collie, we forgot to read to the end of the brochure. He’s high energy, high intellect, high contact. Currently incorporating him into my excercise regime: a new method called ‘chasing puppy’ if I had my say I’d have got a rescue dog, but it was another example of domestic democracy. there is a picture of him on the big long thread/chat (todo: work out how to link other posts into these)
Australia is BIG, see the bits you don’t have at home like the reef around Townsville. Rain forests (even some of the burnt ones should be regenerating by then) Beaches etc. Adelaide is quaint and we have some of the world renowned wine regions, but it’s a long walk between cities so budget a day maybe 1/2 for flying between them, also no distances in Australia, everything is measured in travel time: eg. Adelaide-Melbourne, 8 hr by car, 90 minutes by plane etc. etc. If you have any specifics about what you want/like to do I could give more specific suggestions.
My take on Neurotherapy: computer assisted mindfulness meditation. It helped at the time but was not offered in combination with CBT and so almost a decade later I find myself having to rapidly band aid my life. How great is this forum!
Like your oh gosh moment I have a project to deliver on this fortnight so this should be my last post for a while.
Before I go One last thing: I’d like to take the time to thank you, and @Camper_Ellie and a bunch of other pre MED and MED practitioners for helping me adjust my thininking. One of my kids is his final year of High School trying to get into MED and well there’s been a lot of projection on my part that he should be thinking of doing something else; seeing your stories here has managed to change that perception in me.
To finish with a quote: when Leonard Berstein’s (the west side story composer amongst other things) father was asked why he didn’t support his son in his music (the back story being something about him beign a Polish ww2 refugee with a successful delivery business): ’How did I know he was going to be Leonard Bernstein?' I guess that old adage of you never know unless you try.
Ta ta for now.