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Weekly Wellbeing: Story-Telling

It can be really nice to connect with and learn about different cultures as a way to boost well-being.

 

The online community team have been spending some time recently looking at the ways First Australians used story-telling , or more commonly known as "Dreamtime stories",  to share wisdom, values and important lessons.

 

We realised that story-telling is a huge part of what we do on the forum! 

 
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We think it's really special that this is a place that we can come together to share what is happening in our lives and get support.
 
Humans have always shared stories, across times and cultures, around campfires, in homes, and now online. 
 
So with that in mind, we thought that this weekly well-being could be around story-telling and its power - online and face to face. 
 
 
 
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Discussion:
 
Has there been a time where someone shared a story with you, that taught you something important? 
 
Do you have a story that you'd like to share with us?
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Has there been a time where someone shared a story with you, that taught you something important?
I think this is a great idea for a Weekly Wellbeing! Yesterday, I was doing an activity with one of the residents of the nursing home I volunteer at when she asked about the degree I studied at uni and what I've done since them. I told her I haven't had much luck with work or going onto postgraduate study since finishing my course. She encouraged me to apply again for postgraduate programs and do what I want to do while I am still young. She told me about her life growing up and said that after she turned 90, her vision and memory started going downhill and she's not able to do much now, so she really appreciated me enabling her to do one of her favourite activities that she could no longer do by herself. She said she was sure I would be able to eventually be accepted for a job or place in a postgraduate program. Her family members had experienced something similar issues with finding positions after uni and she said that opportunities change all the time. I didn't know how much I needed to hear her advice, especially as my family is pretty discouraging about me continuing to apply for postgraduate courses and jobs.

Do you have a story that you'd like to share with us?
Honestly, nothing much exciting is happening in my life at the moment. I have at least three more appointments for my kidney stones that are definite over the coming months, but at least we know what the stones are made out of now. My sister is the same as always. The hospital is waiting for her seizures to settle down before they admit her, but I haven't seen much improvement.
I'm looking forward to the release of the new Animal Crossing game and going to the shops next week. I used to look forward to holidays, going out, birthdays, etc., but I appreciate the little moments more since my sister became ill. I was telling some family friends who wanted to cancel their holiday on the weekend that life can change instantly and you don't know when something bad could happen to your family, so live life to the fullest while you're still able to. My sister will probably never be able to finish high school, get a job, get a degree or travel by plane if her health stays the same. Her illness has taught me not to sweat minor setbacks.

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@Janine-RO love this idea!

Those are some great stories @WheresMySquishy! Say hi to your sister for me, when you can!

I do have some stories, but I don't quite have time to type it right now. I'll post it later, or tomorrow. Smiley Happy
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@xXLexi_Lou122Xx  My sister says hi! Smiley Happy

I'll try to think of some more good stories I haven't shared before on here. I usually have a lot of interesting ones from the nursing home. Usually, the residents I talk to have trouble with new memories, but they remember a lot about their past and tell me a lot of interesting stories about what it was like in the past.

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Hey @WheresMySquishy I think it's so amazing hearing stories told by people from different generations. It sounds like that was a reassuring chat about your studies Smiley Happy I'm sure you hear lots of interesting stories at the nursing home

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@WheresMySquishy what a nice, encouraging story from what sounds like a wise lady! I'm sorry that your family has been discouraging about ur further studies and applying for jobs, but glad that her advice really help you out! I definitely also need to appreciate the little moments more and not sweat minor setbacks!

I'm also really excited for Animal Crossing coming out next week! It looks so amazing with so many customisation options and things to build and do!
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I forgot to post my own reply haha
 
Has there been a time where someone shared a story with you, that taught you something important? 
My mum has shared a lot of stories to me about when she was a refugee coming to Australia, like how she and her family rode on a boat all the way to Australia and how her family was once chased by pirates for a while. She doesn't talk about those experiences a lot, but when she does it always reminds me that I haven't experienced such hardships in my life and that I should appreciate the what I have now, especially since my parents worked so hard to get where they are now from literally nothing. 
 
Do you have a story that you'd like to share with us?
Recently not really, I haven't been doing much to warrant any meaningful story haha Smiley Very Happy
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This is such a great idea @Janine-RO - I saw it the other day but didn't have time to post, and I've been super keen to see everyone's contributions. @WheresMySquishy I absolutely relate to the postgraduate study acceptance - it's a rough world out there at unis, I'm waiting for my next round of applications after not getting in the last one, and I reckon you're so tough to keep trying and giving it a crack, even through discouragement. I am happy one of your residents was able to help you feel a little more assured. Keep trying! We are all backing you here!! @drpenguin I really loved reading how you and your mum talk about her experiences as a refugee coming to Australia, I think hearing our own family history is pretty underrated and I am glad you have heard some of yours!

 

Has there been a time where someone shared a story with you, that taught you something important? 

We have implemented a program at my footy club where on club dinner nights a player gets up and shares a story about their mental health and wellbeing. Last season, I was privileged to witness so many diverse and different people (even the stereotypical blokey bloke tough players!) get up and be vulnerable and open about their mental health, and how certain situations in their lives have affected them. I feel like we all got to know each other on a different level when we got to open our minds and hearts like that.

 

Do you have a story that you'd like to share with us?
Something actually happened today - my footy club (running theme today, I know!) had a super full on physically and mentally demanding boot camp. We were divided into male and female mixed teams and put through our paces (bricks, battle ropes, logs, tires - the lot!). I almost quit a dozen times, but was really strongly reminded throughout of how much of a difference team support and encouragement makes to success. Things like teammates who had finished a run coming back to do it again to help a straggler finish, or carrying an extra brick if someone was falling behind. It was also a great reminder that I have more endurance than I give myself credit for sometimes, and can succeed even in the face of feeling like I can't keep my bricks in the air for one more second!
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@drpenguin  @JazzInMay  @WheresMySquishy thank you so much for sharing those stories! 

 

@JazzInMay  that is such a wonderful initiative from your footy club, it sounds like it would have been a really powerful opportunity for so many people to see other people being vulnerable and sharing their stories, I truly believe events like this can have a totally massive impact in changing people's beliefs around mental health, and seeking help. What an amazing thing to be a part of! I love your story about finishing your boot camp too. It sounds like your club has a wonderful sense of community and beautiful culture - brilliant stuff! 

 

@drpenguin  wow, it sounds like your mum went through a huge amount to come to Australia, I can't even imagine what that must have been like for her. Have you read Anh Doh's autobiography? It sounds like he had a pretty similar experience to your mum in coming over here, I find it hard to comprehend going through those kind of hardships, and you're so right - it definitely makes you appreciate the life we have in Australia. 

 

@WheresMySquishy  I love your stories from the nursing home residents!! I also volunteer in a nursing home (unfortunately it's on pause at the moment) helping to run an inter-generational playgroup, and I love having a chat with the residents. It's pretty mind-blowing thinking about what they have lived through - I was really close with my grandparents ,and they had a lot of amazing stories about living through the war, and what life looked like under rationing and blackouts in Sydney. They were such an amazingly resilient generation, and it blows my mind thinking about the changes they saw in their lifetimes. My Nanna really embraced technology, and in the last 5 years of her life (she passed away 18 months ago at 95) she absolutely loved Facebook! We set her up an account and she used it to keep up to  date on the family news, when they didn't even have a phone in their house when she was a kid. So amazing Heart Heart

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@Janine-RO  I also love the stories the nursing home residents tell me about the war! I also like listening to stories about their travels. One of the residents was telling me recently about how amazing it was to have a TV for the first time and how everyone in their area quickly got one.
It's incredible that your Nanna was able to learn how to use Facebook! My grandparents are pretty hopeless with technology. Once when my sister, my mum and I were at my sister's hospital, we decided to video-chat my uncle, who gave his tablet to my grandpa. He was so fascinated and asked how he could see us and talk to us.