Reflecting on a Year of Diverse Experiences

As I sit here, the memories of 2023 roll through my mind like a vibrant tapestry, each thread a unique experience, together weaving a story of growth, diversity, and unexpected twists.

Working across various niches – mining, bitumen, tourism, maritime, news, media, beverage, and sports – has been an enlightening journey. Each industry, with its distinct challenges and opportunities, has broadened my perspective, making me more adaptable and resourceful. Whether diving into the depths of mining or navigating the intricacies of the maritime world, each role was a lesson in resilience and versatility.

In sports, meeting personalities like Daniel Ricciardo and Mitchell Johnson was more than just an encounter with fame; it was a glimpse into the dedication and spirit that drives exceptional individuals. Their stories, full of determination and grit, left a lasting impression, inspiring me to push my boundaries.

The chance to work with progressive metal band Voyager before their Eurovision journey was thrilling.

Obtaining a permit for FPV drones was another mark. I can fly near people and operate Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drones at Class 1 level. This achievement was not just about the technicality of flying but about connecting with the world from a new vantage point.

My travels to Melbourne and manoeuvring drones and helicopters over Sydney Harbour were adventures in their own right. They were not without mishaps, like crashing a few drones, but each crash was a lesson in resilience, a reminder that failure is part of the journey.

Watching Coldplay live was an experience that transcended a mere musical event. It was a spectacle of lights and sounds that resonated deep within, a reminder of the beauty and artistry humans can create.

Amidst these highs, life threw its curveballs. The near-miss with a fire at my house was a stark reminder of life’s fragility, a moment that brought perspective and gratitude for the safety of my loved ones and home.

But the most transformative moment of the year was discovering I would be a dad. This revelation was a glimpse into a future filled with new responsibilities, joys, and challenges.

Ending the year with COVID was an unexpected twist, a reminder that life is unpredictable and that we must cherish our health and well-being.

Reflecting on the year, I realise how these diverse experiences have shaped me. They were more than just events; they were chapters of a journey that taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of embracing life’s unpredictability.

Here’s to another year of growth, learning, and embracing whatever life throws my way. Happy New Year!


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto

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