I left school and thought I’ll give this mining thing a go for a year before I go to uni.
It’s been 25 years now.
My first job underground was on service crew and charge up when you didn’t even need a shotfirers ticket, an LV battery was all we needed so you can imagine how much has changed since I started.
Fast forward 10 years and 2 young sons, their dad and I split up and he decided he was going to stay home and look after the boys because he “didn’t want to pay child support so it’s your problem now”
Ok then. So I went back to all I knew.
I’ve worked from underground to offshore FIFO for 20 years. Providing a financially secure life for my boys and an equal relationship with both parents. Did it break me? almost every swing. deep dark depression where suicide felt like my best option cause missing your kids hits different when you’re isolated for weeks at a time.
The mates I made on site helped me get through, knowing I wasn’t alone, sure, it didn’t change my situation but getting it off my chest stopped those thoughts swirling around my head keeping me awake at night.
I’ve stopped fifo and have been residential now for 5 years, met a gentle and kind man who wifed me up, we got a dog, a few jerk cats, even time roster and get to be home every night.
I call it my “semi retirement” as I’ve moved into a training role with a focus on people and mentoring rather than just how to do the stuff
Those babies I sacrificed for, was judged for being away from even though it wasn’t my first choice, are now still my babies but 6 foot tall polite, resilient, well balanced and kind young men. One is joining the Defence Force the other starting an apprenticeship in the industry.
The friends I made, the pain and stories we shared, the laughs the tears all made me who I am today. Here’s to another 25 years of epic chats, laughs, hard work and great mates 🍻
THESE PEOPLE DESERVE SO MUCH FOR SHARING THERE STORIES.
WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!
YOUR ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE!
WE LOVE YOU ALL 🖤
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