I didn’t think it was going to be hard to say goodbye to Australia. Yes, it’s been my home from the moment I entered this world; however, I’ve reached the point where I need to move on and expand my imagination. I’m hungry for anything foreign or new.
Having said that, our farewell party over Australia Day weekend made me realise I am going to miss this place. I have 28 years of history here and I’ve had precious friends and family back me all of the way. There are so many memories: my mum’s friends who helped raise me like a village; the fear and fun of school; girlfriends who held my hand through the best and worst moments of my life; impossibly beautiful destinations that comforted me when I needed to reenergise; the day I married the love of my life; the projects and jobs that fed my brain and challenged my stress levels; and my mum who’s loved me more than I can handle.
Australia has given me so much more than a place to call home – things I will undoubtedly treasure by the time our overland adventure comes to a close in 2016. It’s place where the living is easy – very easy. I want for nothing here and everything is possible. The people are friendly, loyal and hardworking; the country is diverse and inspiring; and, the weather is perfect. There is a sense of freedom, peace and optimism here that few other places offer.
On the flip side, life is almost too darn easy and the national temperament is blissfully carefree. I want more of a challenge. I don’t think my feisty, insatiable personality quite fits in here (then again, this could just be in my head).
It’s ten days until we kick off the journey of a lifetime. I wonder which country is going to draw me in, give me a sense of purpose and make me feel like I belong? Perhaps I’ll come out the other side only to realise there’s no place like home. We’ll have to wait and see!
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