Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Australians around the nation come together on Australia Day to celebrate all that is great about Australia and being Australian.

It is the one day in the year that all Australians are united by a common sense of 'belonging' to something greater than themselves.

At the very core of our being 'belonging' is something that is intrinsic to our emotional wellbeing and personal equilibrium.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself.

The problem - as Dr Brene Brown describes in her book 'The Gifts of Imperfection' is the way we go about finding our unique place of belonging in terms of trying to fit or blend into places we feel we 'should' belong in order to maintain some ideal that we have created of how we 'should' appear to the outside world.

“..the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acce