Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

com­pli­ments could you? You couldn’t just say, “Thanks! Come visit any time. I’d love to see you” and fin­ish with a sassy hash­tag like # woke­u­p­likethis.

You had to tear your­self down, tell them how hor­ri­ble you are, tag your friends so they could join you in the Townsville bash­ing ses­sion telling them all about your lack of jobs, huge crime wave, and is­sues with dry­ness. I know what you’re go­ing to say. I know it’s hard to love your­self in this age of so­cial me­dia.

You’re con­stantly com­par­ing your­self to all those per­fectly posed self­ies on In­sta­gram of Mel­bourne show­ing off its laneways and food cul­ture, and Syd­ney’s gra­tu­itous shots of its har­bour.

But you can’t keep com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers. What’s the use of that? You can’t change who you re­ally are. You’re not Syd­ney. You’re not Mel­bourne.

You’re not even Cairns or Mackay ( we both know you’re bet­ter than both of those com­bined). It’s time to em­brace all those things that make you you.

You’ve got a lot to of­fer, Townsville. You just have to stop be­ing so damn hard on your­self.

email chris. sil­vini@ news. com. au in­sta­gram @ chris. sil­vini twit­ter @ ChrisSil­vini

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