Humans of the Wheatbelt

Humans of the Wheatbelt is a disability project that celebrates inclusion within the community.

There is always someone in each story that has a disability whether it is the human, interviewer, photographer or writer.

Part 2 of 2 - Josh Cording

Covid effected me more last year than this year. I wasn’t supposed to leave the house and I didn’t have my license, so I was being home schooled by myself. It turned out fine and I graduated with all As. I was really lonely and so even three hours at work was something to look forward to. I was so scared to go for my license but I got it in September last year. I was so ready to give it up because during lockdown I didn’t get any practice. I hated doing driving lessons and I was so anxious, but I had a great driving instructor who was able to calm me down. When I went for my Ps I walked into the Shire and I was so nervous, but when I got onto the road the nerves went away and I got a really good report. I had prepared myself to fail but not to pass! Sometimes I just need to be a bit more confident.

When I went for the job at Dome, I was so confident and then I got an email saying I didn’t get the job. I was so disappointed because I’d smashed the interview so I rang up the lady who interviewed me and she said ‘there must have been a glitch because you got the job!’

One of my hobbies is going on social media. I like watching TikToks and making my own. It’s good when they get lots of attention, but it depends on what kind of attention you get. I have a bird called Oscar that I’ve had for almost two years. I have two other birds but they don’t get as much attention as him. He needs the attention and they don’t want it. Oscar is a hand-raised cockatiel and he has the IQ of a toddler. I had another bird called Georgie who flew away, and when that happened I could sense Oscar was in mourning.

Just after Christmas of 2019 I came out as bi and a few months ago I came out as gay. I hate talking about it because there’s such a massive stigma. It’s who I am so I have to accept it and my friends and family have been really good. I didn’t face as much negativity as other people often do, and that’s something I’m really grateful for. It’s hard being part of the LGBTQ+ community when you live in a small town. There’s a lot more of a sense of community in the cities with the Mardi Gras and Pride festivals. You still get those homophobic and transphobic comments here at times.

What I love about my local community is seeing people I know every day. When disaster strikes you know people will be there for you. My mum had a really bad motorcycle accident the day before my 11th birthday and ended up in hospital. I hate imagining life without my mum because she’s really important to me, and so is my dad.

I know what it’s like to lose people. I had a close family friend pass away in a car accident. When my mum told me, I was a mess because I’d known this person since I was a baby. I always blame myself even though there’s no way I was responsible. Feeling the blame for something that’s not your fault is the worst thing ever. I lost my granddad to cancer in 2015. I didn’t blame myself for that because you can’t control cancer, but I went through a really hard time. I loved my granddad dearly.

In 2016 my nana was diagnosed with dementia and that’s the worst because you know she’s deteriorating. I can’t even see her in the nursing home due to the lockdown.

Where I see myself in ten years’ time is hopefully owning my own home. My sister built her own house recently. I’d like to be a school teacher, get married and have kids. I’m motivated to go to uni and become a school teacher by the end of 2027. I’ll be twenty-four then, and hopefully one of the newest teachers.

If I had a superpower it would be to be able to control situations. If something’s not going my way, I’d love to be able to fix it. I love having control over situations and what’s happening around me. Just being able to grasp control would be the best thing.

My final word of wisdom is not to take what you love for granted. If you spend your time being grateful for what you have, when it’s taken away you’ll be thankful for what you did have.

Part 1 -

Human - Josh Cording
Interviewer & photographer - Shannon Boundry
Writer - Guy Salvidge

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