How do mistakes and challenges we have faced/ made in our past change us as a person? How do we overcome these and move on?

Beautiful Question:

How do mistakes and challenges we have faced/ made in our past change us as a person? How do we overcome these and move on?


People make mistakes almost everyday. These can be as small as forgetting to feed the fish at the normal time or accidentally running a red light while driving. There are challenges we face everyday too, a few examples include having to live with an injury and how this can affect your daily life to having family problems and challenges with those you love. These mistakes and challenges we make/ face can affect us in many different ways. They can change the way we interact with others, the way we think and our opinions. 

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”- Michelle Obama

A simple answer to this question:

The mistakes and challenges we face and make lead us to be more aware of the situations we get into later on. They also help us mature and grow as individuals they have an impact and can affect the way we think and act. We are able to overcome these challenges and mistakes by focusing on how we can improve and what we need to work on to build up our confidence and to leave the challenges behind. Ways to do this is by setting simple goals to achieve that build up and let you push past challenges and mistakes. Another way is to learn from your mistakes, find out how and why they happened so that you know how to avoid them again. Seeking help from friends and family members can also help you grow and learn. 


Everything negative – pressure, challenges- is all an opportunity for me to rise- Kobe Bryant

I feel like this quote shows how you can take negatives and make them into a learning point for you to become better than ever before and for you to improve how ever you want so you can become the best version of you possible.

Change Maker Interview

With Brendan Moodie, Head Ranger at Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia.

A little bit of information to get started. Mount Field National Park is located in the south of Tasmania an hour’s drive from Hobart. Mount Field is just one of many World heritage areas found in Tasmania. Mount Field has everything from towering trees to walk among, beautiful waterfalls to mountains covered in snow during the winter.

Native Waratah flower, Eagle Tarn at Mount Field National Park. Photo by Kiara Moodie

Kiara: Hi Brendan how are you?

Brendan: G’day. I’m good thanks how about you?

Kiara: I am pretty good thanks. So my first question is has working as a park ranger always been a dream? If so how did you achieve this goal? If not what did you want to be?

Brendan: No, working as a Park Ranger hadn’t always been a dream. Like most people, when I left school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I studied photography for two years but during this time I got heavily into outdoor activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and bush walking. As part of my studies I chose to do industrial placement with photographers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Through this I got to meet a variety of rangers who got paid to do what I loved doing, like working outdoors. While I was doing part time photography work I started volunteering at Queensland Parks and Wildlife. That was thirty years ago…

Brendan Moodie, Head Ranger at Mount Field

Kiara: Okay my next question is what are some achievements/ changes you have made while working as a park ranger?

Brendan: I have had a lot of achievements but the most important ones are the ones that aren’t obvious to most people, but have a long lasting impact. For example around 25 years ago I was responsible for hand watering 750 newly planted rainforest trees in an area that had recently been the site of illegal logging. This was during a severe drought period and without my simple hand watering these trees would not have made it. Today people walk through these trees and don’t realise that these have all been hand planted and how different the landscape would be without them there. I am currently protecting threatened alpine vegetation through the process of installing off the ground board walks. These plants take an extremely long time to recover if trampled and are under further threat from global warming. Many visitors assume that we have installed these board walks to make the hike easier but it is just an added bonus for them as we are really just trying to protect the plants.

Fagus- Photo by Kiara Moodie

Kiara: Ok my third and final question is what changes do you want to be seen made in national parks the future?

Brendan: I would like to see the governments appreciate and properly resource large wild areas, such as South West Tasmania. These large protected wild areas are coming under massive pressure from human impacts such as tourism, climate change and commercial operators. There are some places on earth that need to be left alone and not everywhere needs mobile coverage.

Kiara: That’s all for now. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for me.

Brendan: No problem. Cheers.


Everyone makes mistakes and faces challenges , National Parks in Tasmania are faced with the challenge of not having sufficient resources to run as well and as freely as what is wanted. The are other challenges in Parks such as protecting endangered animals, protecting the environment from logging, whilst also providing people with an escape from reality. 

What you can do to support National Parks around the world:

  • Visit them when you are able to. This shows support to the workers and shows the government that places like these are still important.
  • Appreciate their beauty and respect the rules and the landscape you are in. Don’t litter or harm animals, as this is their home, not yours.




All the photos I have used in my conference page have been taken by me for my photography course.

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