Sunday, 2 February 2014

"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

The theme for today reminds me of a quote I keep on my blog home page, by James Baldwin: "I met a lot of people on holiday. I even encountered myself."  In some ways, I feel like I've grown into my adult self since moving to Australia; becoming a wife, homeowner and permanently settling in my forever home has not only been confronting, but stabilising.  I always knew I wanted to live somewhere other than Chicago, even if just for a trial period.  As much as I wanted to experience living in another country, I also wanted to escape the bitter cold of the Midwest winters, which keep you inside for months at a time.  Add that to my love of travel, and it was a given that I'd end up somewhere else.  In the beginning, it's all an adventure.  Then one day, years down the road, you look up and realise...this is it.  The adventure is over, and it's just plain old life.  Same shite, different country, but you're all grown up.  The past 10 years have blown by, your greys are getting well and plenty, and people back 'home' say you talk different now.

2 comments:

Yvette Niesel said...

I've lived away from Louisiana for over 20 years now and I still haven't lost my accent. All I have to do is open my mouth and everyone here knows that I'm a foreigner. Not always sure how I feel about that. Do people like my accent because it makes me unique or as a butt for their jokes? At this point, I don't care. I just laugh along with them.

Samantha said...

Do you think you speak differently? As in do you think your accent has changed? Sometimes I think people back home are just reaching because they want your accent to have changed. Lol.