Its not every day I meet someone who is going to have a profound and ongoing impact on my life. In retrospect, I might not even recognise it at the time. There are always a few who take the time or have the mindfulness to challenge me to stretch beyond the edges, to understand the fear behind it all and say ‘it will be ok’ ‘just give it a go’.. I have recently been reflecting on some of those people in my life today. Angels who popped in and helped me grow a little bit here and there. Sometimes they come and go. Sometimes they stick around a little longer.
These boys would set up early every Sunday morning at the Cave in Nobby Beach, where droves of people would come down to share a story, a joke a poem or a strum. And I was there most weeks, half nervous in anticipation of the tap on my shoulder to say “Katie you’re up next”.. (me? I cant sing.. said my holding back head voice.. but I did it anyway). Silently I had a little heart attack every time. I’m so greatful that Mattie and that whole supportive crowd at the Cave gave me (and everyone who had a go) that little push. Never had I really envisaged playing in front of people outside my own lounge room, but I’m greatful for the opportunity that has undoubtedly and infinitely been the groundwork for where I sit today as a nature lover, music artist and positive people person in my community. Mattie is still an irrepressible force in my life who unknowingly (?) and continually inspires me. So a few words I have to say to this man – thankyou and in his words ‘the highest’.