You mob might not have heard of it before. It’s what you might feel when you go to the big city for the first time. It’s where you feel disorientated, overwhelmed, confused or exhausted by the new expectations, rules and cultural norms in the new place. Schooling away at boarding school, getting drafted to the AFL, attending uni or TAFE blocks in the city, moving to work- life in the city is a lot different than growing up in the bush.
I didn’t properly (except for a long hospital stay in Perth as a teen) leave the Kimberleys until I started work for Clontarf Academy in 2006. It took me a while to learn about how to use public transport, how to use the big multi-lane round-abouts, even just standing in a big public mall with more people than I’d seen in one place in my life. I was an adult and it still took me a while to figure it all out and feel confident in my ability to get myself around and interact with that mob properly.
I moved to New South Wales a few years ago. Even after 10 years working with Clontarf Academy going on interstate camps I still found it hard moving to the city. Not getting to talk our way all day everyday, the different cultural ways that city mob just know but I have to remember, everything is their way. It’s deadly here seeing new things, learning new things, meeting new people, different opportunities. It takes a while to learn to ‘code-switch’. It just takes you a while to adjust.
Some issues you might face living in a city:
So I thought I’d write this post to share with you mob so you know that if it happens to you that you know what is happening, what to expect and then how you can work through it. It’s not a reason to give up whatever it is that you are trying to acheive in the city.
So here are my top tips:
Staff that support Aboriginal people (teachers, coaches etc) we highly recommend you read the following docuemnts to support your clients: