14 days since my flight departed London Heathrow, taking me to Melbourne via Qatar.
13 days since I was collected from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
12 days since I was reunited with (pretty much) the entirety of my Family out in Australia, some of whom I either hadn’t met before or hadn’t seen in around 16 years.
11 days since my tour of Traralgon and drinking for 9 hours whilst watching the AFL Grand Final, won by Hawthorne Hawks.
10 days since watching England capitulate against Australia in the RWC (which incidentally ruined my sleeping pattern and meant I slept through most of the day).
9 days since walking along my first Australian beach and witnessing a beautiful orange sunset with the skyline of Melbourne in the distance.
8 days since I visited Central Melbourne.
7 days since I got to see Anna again after 4 months, although you wouldn’t have guessed it if you saw us.
6 days since I was driven down part of the Great Ocean Road.
5 days since I went to Balnarring.
4 days since I was given a tour of the Mornington Peninsula
3 days since I flew to Sydney, seeing both the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House in person.
2 days since an eye-opening visit to the MCA. Also since I visited Manly Bay and meditated on the beach (an important moment).
1 day since I visited the Sydney Wildlife Centre and the Sydney Aquarium.
And today, tonight even, I am on a 13 hour coach ride from Sydney to Byron Bay for the beginning of my East Coast Extravaganza.
I am lucky aren’t I? I really am. For the first time since god knows when I have a clear and focussed mind. One that is truly beginning to appreciate where I am and what I am doing.
I met so many people out in Sydney on work visas. Personally I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t work out here but kudos to those who can, have and are.
At the same time, I have just got off the back of a month long trip to Europe and I am now 1/3 of the way through a 6 week journey to Australia. All of the while I don’t have to worry about working or money because I worked damn hard to save up for this. And now I am here I am loving it. I am determined to enjoy every last minute. I have learnt from my experience in Europe too. I know I don’t have to do something every single day. You shouldn’t feel guilty about ever doing a day of nothing whilst your travelling because, at the end of the day, your body will appreciate it in the long run.
It helps I have an amazing family and a solid group of friends back home that I am guilty of under-valuing and under-appreciating.
I’m in a beautiful moment in my life, I was just wandering around with my eyes half-shut before.
At the end of the day, it’s much nicer living with a calm and clear mind which leaves me with a positive headspace, rather than in a negative headspace that poisons my mind, especially when under the influence of alcohol.
Change is all around me and I’ve finally cottoned on that I am changing too. Experience the moment. Learn from yesterday, live for today, be excited for tomorrow.
I’ve taken one step forward and I’m determined that I won’t take two steps back.