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.