A Year On: We Are Stronger

It’s been a years since the day our lives were changed forever. And to be honest, nothing is ever going to be ‘normal’ again–no matter how much we want it to. We bear the marks of a people who have learned to expect the unexpected, to embrace our loved ones and hold them tight, to appreciate the beauty of nature while understanding its power.

Today I can say that we are stronger, more resilient, more loving, more open to change and more aware of our surroundings. However, it hasn’t been without pain and a whole lot of tears.

In the weeks following the earthquake, I listened to this song over and over.

I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional about today. But this morning there has been tears and I’m reliving the feelings of that day. I can feel it in the air. It’s been a HUGE year.

Thanks for standing with us, loving us, and praying for us.

General EQ Terms Which Have Become Part of Everyday Language Here in Shakytown:

1. Geonet

If you’re from Christchurch, this is probably your homepage or if you’re on Twitter, you’re an avid follower.

2. Jeremy the Sign Language Guy

He even has a Facebook Fan Page. That’s how much we love him!

3. Bob Parker’s Parka

This orange and black ensemble has become the 2nd most commonly worn outfit at dress-up parties in Christchurch (after high-vis vests and hard hats).

4. Liquefaction

Most of us understand this phenomenon now that we have seen it happen about 5 times this year. Liquefaction is NOT fun. For some people, it’s done more damage than the actual earthquakes.

5. Student Army

Along with liquefaction, came the Student Army. They were/are awesome! Thousands of university students got together to help dig up the liquefaction. So proud of our city coming together to help each other!

6. Longdrop Competitions

Yes, we had a citywide competition for who could make the most amazing homemade toilet/longdrop as we weren’t allowed to use the toilets in our homes for quite a while. There was some ridiculous kiwi ingenuity going on.

7. Cera (pronounced Sarah)

Cera stands for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. It is sometimes used as a swear word. I feel sorry for anyone called Sarah.

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