“If I am afraid of anything, it is not using my time well. Life is finite and I believe we have a responsibility to contribute to our society—to do what is right. So, I am afraid of wasting the time I have and not leaving a helpful mark. It drives me in everything I do. All my career choices, all my life choices have been about that—about contributing. I think, humans have a profound ability to make their world better and more just, but we have to consciously do it. So, that’s what I fear—taking my eye off that imperative and wasting time.

We were living in Adelaide. We were running the Asia-pacific arm of an international conservation organisation, Geoff and I both. I was also doing a lot of international negotiation work and travelling huge amounts in and out of the country, probably 15 times a year. We were exhausted. Although Geoff and I don’t do holidays, we came here for a break. By the end of the first day we had decided we were moving to the island. Life felt so human-scale here. It looked like a community that was still connected to the land—that was important to both of us. We were drawn to that because we could see that lasting for our lifetime.”

Published by sabrinadavis5223

I am a German living in South Australia. We lost our home and farm in the Kangaroo island summer bushfires. I love travelling, reading, beach walks, board games, watching movies and spending time with my family.

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