When Culture Calls

We are called to many things during our lives – but what is our true calling? 

For me, childhood came and went with days of freedom, friends, fun and games, finding nature and family duty to older relatives smelling of wintergreen.  I was lucky!  I was born white, and in a country free of war and to parents who sought education and community service as their path in life.  My culture was quietly and proudly shared and taught by loving grandparents and extended family.  I didn’t know how lucky I was then!

I didn’t really know where I had come from or which people, places and things had influenced me as a young person – my cultural core in a safe, secure little piece of Australia was just lying dormant……until I hit high school.

The stories I’d heard from grandparents, the moral compass spinning me from my parents combined with the spark of influence from my history teachers and the connections to friends and fellow students from different home backgrounds seemed to converge like a funnel channelling an unstoppable flow……I suddenly heard culture calling!

Our contemporary understanding now indicates that our true calling is the ecogenetics which created our personalities.  This has called forward the traumas and adrenalin soaked highs through generational time to rest in our DNA and has built a persona supported by the current environment surrounding us.

It’s been a bumpy ride for me, a lonely journey at times and yet there’s been a driving yearning to listen when culture calls – come along and share the experiences that shaped how I began Knowing Me.

Lyndall Hill

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