The first days of my experience in The Big Lift was everything Guerie. Yes, the name of the first town we travelled to for our first service project has transformed into a suiting adjective of how emotionally awesome TBL is.
Arriving to the township of Guerie (population. 500), Lyn and the community were very accommodating. They welcomed us to slumber in their Memorial Hall and prepared us a generous feast of the freshest roasted whole lamb before our work in the morning.
We were divided into three groups - painting, planting and demolition; all of which were organised to revamp Guerie Memorial Hall which is a central hub of the community. I was part of the demolition team which was extremely fun because for once, I was asked to destroy a public structure as opposed to build one which was quite amusing being a civil engineer. Also, who would say "no" to destroying things? I remember the enthusiasm of everyone as we arduously worked together to tear down the aluminium sheets and timber frame until there was nothing left of the public bathroom but the loo. We laughed a lot and I'd be one to admit that it is through shared experiences of such a kind including spider freak outs during demolition that great friendships are formed!
While I was not in the other groups, I could tell that everybody cared about their responsibilities as every pair off hands were busy - the "fun" type of busy as we loved what we were doing for the community, the people were doing it with and being that driving force for change in changes we want to see. By the end, Guerie Memorial looked the more amazing than before!
A final note, I can already tell the TBL journey is measured by the people you meet. And all the people you meet from our Blue Bus Mum and Dad (Maree and Neil), aunties and uncles (Lou, Ash, JP and Em), fellow Lifters and lovely faces from towns visited are nothing short of Guerie - they are in fact very Guerie; they are amazing!
And a special mention to three amazing kids - Heath, Bec and Dylan who the TBL team were luck to meet due to their infectious personalities which is a testament of the beautiful people you absolutely get to know being involved in such a trip.
Here I am signing off as Blue Bus plays emotional werewolves, Honey-if-you-love-me-won't-you-give-me-a-smile, and frantically dance on a moving a bus driving in the midst of darkness to a backing soundtrack of "Happy". Life just got more awesome!