On a hot summer day in mid-March, I sat in a chair on the floor of my home in northern Balwyn, surrounded by three young women in long black robes.
The room was quiet and the sounds of a few small children playing in the distance were muffled.
The room was not a formal therapy room.
It was a room in my home that was not the kind of place I would normally go to for physiotherapy.
A few months ago, a friend had moved here from another area of town and the family needed to move.
I found it hard to stay at home with them and I didn’t feel that my life could have progressed as smoothly as it has.
I wanted to find a new place to live and so, when I decided to rent a room at the home of a family member, I decided that it would be a good idea to ask my neighbour what she thought about my plan.
She agreed and asked me what my intention was.
I said that I wanted to do physiotherapy and I wanted the whole house to feel as comfortable as possible for me to do that.
I said I wanted this to be a home away from home and not a place where I would have to worry about my health and wellbeing.
I told her that it was a wonderful opportunity to find out what people were thinking about my proposal.
I told her I was looking for a place that would suit my personality and I needed to be able to do what I wanted with my life.
She said, “I know you are a good person and a good friend, so please feel free to share your ideas with us.
The next time we meet, I will talk to you about your ideas.”
She looked at me and said, [my sister] said to me, [the house is] a wonderful place, and we have a lovely home, so I want to come back and live there.
I knew that I was being open and honest with her.
When I arrived at the house, I went into the kitchen and I was surprised to see the kitchen sink had been turned into a room.
When I asked my neighbour why, she told me that the family wanted me to use this space for physiotherapies.
She said, I am not sure if you know, but physiotherapy is a great alternative to some other kinds of therapy because you can spend more time with your patient.
So you can get to know your patient and your patients better.
The next time I met my neighbour, I told the story to her.
She told me how it was the best thing that had ever happened to her and she wanted me, her brother and her mother to come and visit the house.
I was so surprised and I said to her, [you] are so kind.
She smiled and said [that] I have always known how much you love us and how much I am so glad to be here.
She then went into a small room in the kitchen where the house maids and house cleaning staff were standing and asked if I wanted a tea.
I went back to the kitchen, put on my jacket, my boots and my jacket and I walked back into the house without stopping to drink the tea.
As I was walking towards the house where my sister and the other women were, I asked her, “What are you going to do when you get back?”
She looked at my face and said she was going to find something to do.
When we came back to our house, my sister was waiting for me and her brother was waiting in the driveway.
I looked over at them and my brother asked, “Are you going back to your house?
We want to go and get something to eat.”
They were very excited about their new home and they had made plans for me, my brother and my mother to stay for a couple of days.
So, my housekeeper came to me and I told them, “Do not worry, we will have a wonderful time in our new home.”
It was a very wonderful moment for me.
I had a great time with my neighbours, with my family, with the house cleaning workers and with my sister.
I am grateful to them and thank God for the home I have now.
As an English teacher in the region, I know that it is not unusual for students to ask for help when they are experiencing difficulty or when they have difficulty sleeping.
I have had students tell me that I am a wonderful person, but that they cannot do anything to help them.
For them, it is about getting out of bed and getting up in the morning.
They cannot imagine the difficulties that they will face during the day.
When they come home from school or work, they can be very anxious and frustrated and are not sure what to do with themselves.
My own life has been difficult because of the difficulties I have been experiencing with my mental health.
I do not feel