I have spent five months in Australia, lived in 21 different places, and have been rather broke for quite a long time now. I have met more people from around the world than I could have ever imagined, and have done things that you wouldn’t even think of.
I’ve been living quite an easy life, paying for accommodation only three weeks the entire time I’ve been here. After I quickly worked my way up the East Coast, I settled down in Cairns for awhile (the closest that I will ever be to home on this trip). And it was home, even though the three and a half months spent there was working in a hostel, it may be some of the best three and a half months of my life (at least so far). It was gooood! My heaviest decision was what to do when I wasn’t doing anything. The people I stayed with, I’m not sure what life would be like now without them. I’m talking family members, life long friends, people that I know I’m going to see again and vice versa. It was much harder to leave the Monkey (my Cairns home) than I anticipated. Coming on this trip, I honestly thought I would only have to leave home once. Boy, was I wrong. I can say that I don’t talk to nearly as many people from home than I do talk to people that I’ve met here and moved apart from.
However, it was time for a new adventure. I booked a plane down to Brisbane (where I am now) and got on. The day of my plane, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or where I was staying and I had only $75 left in my pocket. I figured it out about four and a half hours prior to my flight, that I’d be woofing for a family. This is the first time in five months that I’ve been in a family setting, and it is wonderful. My first night, I got a hug from the mother. I cannot put into words the feeling that gave me. And just the other day, I asked about doing the traditional American Thanksgiving feast. It’ll be their first one, but no worries, you could say I’m experienced. Ahhh, Thanksgiving dinner with a family. I couldn’t ask for better.
I am pretty sure that I have never been so happy with my life. I am completely free to come and go as I please, and I’m able to do anything. I can also say I have never sweat so much in my life compared to the amount I have sweat here. Australia you are too hot for me. I have tanned up and slimmed down thanks to the sun here, also being incredibly broke helps. I have learned here exactly what matters in life and what doesn’t. Every day is now a good day, not that they weren’t before. I see life more clearly now, and the good in everything. Yes of course things happen that get you down or that you wish you could work around. But every thing happens for a reason, I know this now more than never.
I came here traveling with a mate from home, the other day we were asked if we could see each other changing. Both of us after a long pause, said “Yes” and sat in a weird silence while memories upon memories fell into our heads from before Australia. I can see in myself that I have changed. I am more optimistic, very outgoing, conscious about what’s going on around me, a larger appreciation and acceptance for everything surrounding me, and to say the least, I’m getting used to being an adult. But this stuff is hard man!
While here, I’ve found a lot of time on my hands both socially and alone. I’ve played many new games and have learned much more than you would ever learn in a classroom. I have perfected my whistling, singing, and dancing. Although the distance is hard, it’s given me a deeper appreciation for just about everything and the people that matter. This trip has been rather liberating and very humbling. I highly recommend everyone to travel now. People would for real enjoy life and be honestly happy. Just what we all need 🙂