An introduction to 800 words, the newest Australian drama starring Erik Thomson who you may remember from one of Australia’s most well-known dramas Packed To The Rafters.
Erik who plays the role of George Turner is a recently single Dad after his wife died. He decides to pick up everything and take a chance moving himself and his two children to New Zealand which at the time Georges daughter Shay Turner who is very reluctant to move describes New Zealand as “the ass end of the world” which I don’t agree with at all but it was funny at times.
“Some of the most stressful things in life revolve around death, buying and selling real-estate, immigrating, and international travel. Only an idiot would do all these things at the same time” –George Turner.
I love watching the Turner family’s introduction to their new home town in New Zealand. Arlo Turner (Georges son) and Shay are mortified at the thought of limited to no cellular reception and a very foreign environment. The house wasn’t how it was presented in the real-estate advertising and they were off to a rocky start.
It is a great introduction into new beginnings, nothing is ever perfect or what you expect when you are moving so far out of your comfort zone surround by strangers at every turn. It is confronting but strangely enough while I was watching the episode I was thinking ‘I wish that was me thrown in that environment’ the adventure and opportunity it presents itself is something I couldn’t pass up.
I think we have all experienced being so far out of our comfort zone at one point or another that we look back on it and analyse everything we learnt from that situation. Life starts when you are our of your comfort zone.
“Then there is a little voice in your head saying you’ve made the biggest mistake ever, then you pray for a silver lining” – George Turner
The hard decisions we make in life always come with their doubts and what ifs. It wouldn’t be a hard decision if they didn’t. If you had no doubts about a decision what so ever then that would be a relatively easy decision to make.
There are always options, is a theme that is expressed strongly throughout the first episode. No matter how bleak the situation you always have options. They might not feel so bright at the time but it doesn’t discount there are so many choices and roads you can take.
The human spirit really shines through towards the end with a community embracing the Turners, throwing them a party, helping them with their run down house which wasn’t furnished. It is something we should never forget. In our darkest moments there are always some people out there who will surprise you with the size of their hearts and how far they are willing to go to help you out.
“And at the end of the day, when a new beginning has begun it’s the new people in your world who define a new start, they make your rash decision stand or fall. It always comes back to the people in your life. I now live in another country in a town called Weld which is where my rash decision has led us. Opinion is still divided as to the wisdom of this decision, but for now this kind of dead end town in the middle of now where feels right, like home.”