Lighthouses have always fascinated me … there’s something so dramatic about them. I remember as a little girl thinking how cool it would be to live in one. They always evoked images of a rugged and romantic existence but in reality it was probably a hard life. Lonely, tedious, solitary and dangerous. But also undoubtedly important.
Australia has over 350 lighthouses, dotted around its vast coastline. We’ve trekked to many of them, climbed spiral staircases that lead to spectacular views of the ocean and even stayed overnight in a Light Keepers cottage.
This is the Cape De Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island, shining bright on a hot summer day, but no doubt it’s stood through many storms too.
Here we are climbing the Sugarloaf Point lighthouse at Seal Rocks in NSW.
In the peaceful seaside village of Port Germein in South Australia the light house was silhouetted against a burnt orange sky.
Out on the water these boats moor peacefully as sunshine dazzles and shines bright.
But we all know how unpredictable Mother Nature is and how quickly she can change her mood from one of calm to one of fury.
When heavy fog, violent storms and turbulent seas hit that’s when these beacons do their job. Their sheer presence and shining light keeps vessels on the right path.
Away from rocky cliffs.
Just as ships need a lighthouse to navigate them out of stormy waters so do people. We all need a light house in our life. Someone who guides us out of troubled times, someone who stops us from crashing into rocks with their strong and unwavering presence.
For me it was my mum. She was my shining light, a pillar of strength that I always looked up to. But I’ve realised I can be strong and steady in my own right.
We can all be strong.
We can all be our own lighthouse. Even when storms lash at our walls and we feel like we’re drowning in darkness we need to remember our own worth. Life constantly throws us challenges and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed but we need to trust that we can stand tall and get through them.
Believe in yourself. We really can weather any thing that comes our way.
And then we can let our light shine