I have been nominated for a couple of Blogger Awards, including 2012 Blogger of the Year.
I know there is a protocol for responding to these nominations, and two more recently came from The Wish Factor, and Desert Rose.
Normally, I would take the time to respond in the appropriate way.
But as I am heading to New Zealand in a day or two for my next mountaineering adventure I fear that I would not do it the right justice by rushing a response, so please forgive me for not doing so…
But I would like to say to all my friends around the world, many whom I have come to know right here on WordPress – thank you!
I am humbled by the many comments I receive on a daily basis in response to what I have written, to my rantings…
Who, me, Baz – The Landy?
I’m just an ordinary Aussie bloke who tries not to take life too seriously, but to simply enjoy life for what it is, to take it on the chin when I need to, and to have a good laugh at myself all other times…
Strewth, who would ever have thought youse lot would be interested in the ramblings of someone with “a few ‘roos loose in the top paddock”?
But by crikey, I do love talking about this wonderful sunburnt country I live in…
Oh for crying out loud Baz, just say it, Australia’s the best flamin’ country in the world, mate…
And I can’t help but write about my very supportive family, the beautiful people in my life, Janet and TomO, and of the love they give me, unconditionally…
Writing of lazy afternoons down by the lake with friends, of rock-faces in the Blue Mountains, and of course, my rather audacious plan to climb high mountains, of the dream I have to go to the top of the world, to climb Mt Everest…
Every day on Wordspress, millions of words are written by ordinary people, stories about the challenges life has thrown at them, what they have done, and continue to do to overcome them.
About their dreams and aspirations, their highs and lows…
About their very own Mt Everest…
People who want to improve their fitness, to lose weight, to cycle across a city, or across the world.
Many have their sights set on a fun run, and others having completed one, setting their sights towards running a marathon.
For others, it is their challenge to become stronger, to be able to lift more, or about capturing that once in a life-time photograph, perhaps testing a new recipe to share with friends, or with people they have never met.
Others talk about health and lifestyle challenges they struggle with, that they have overcome.
I read as many of them as I can, for they motivate me and provide me with much needed inspiration…
Seemingly, there is always someone in this cyberspace community ready to reach out, to congratulate, to console…
These people aren’t super-elite athletes, or neither five-star chefs, nor are they fitness gurus.
They have a much greater status than that, for they are simply ordinary people – they are you!
Each and every one of you is helping me to find the courage to overcome the challenges and barriers that sometimes stand in the way of my own dreams…
I take great inspiration from you all, and I won’t single any one person out, for you are all very special to me – and from the bottom of my heart thank you for enriching my life by rewarding me with a window into yours!
There are no ordinary moments, no ordinary people, no ordinary lives…
Lovely post 🙂 Have fun getting ready for your big adventure.
Strewth! I love the positivity of this post! Good luck with your New Zealand trip.
Thanks Steph! (Strewth we’ll get the whole world using this great word yet!)
What a lovely post, my friend! Well done!
Thankyou, and you be good!
Baz, that’s an awful lot to ask of me! And especially of Ted!
loved it. i now feel very special. 🙂 now, go get em!!
On my way 😉
What a beautiful family you have! Wishing you a most delicious and adventurous 2013!
Thankyou Karista…and we look forward to some great recipes!
Great words Baz
Have fun on you trip!!
Oops…meant “your” trip!
Thankyou, without doubt!
Baz how absolutely wonderfully written. Just great. YOU are an inspiration to so many people out there!!
Hear hear!! – from the other sister too. /Louisa
Oh strewth – I’ll be hearing Celine in stereo across Bonar Glacier now for sure! (And loving it, sort of).
From the sands of the desert to the Norwegian Fjords….Thanks very much too you both, Baz