One of the great things about international travel is it gives you time to reflect. At least international travel from Australia as since we are so far away from the rest of the world you are usually going away for a while. For me this time it is 5 weeks.
When leaving for a length of time you start thinking of what you are leaving, who you are leaving, family, friends, work, your local routine (for me tennis and footy). I love the excuse it causes to talk to people you know you should see more often.
Some of my friends are going though extremely difficult times. Others are having their first baby or expanding their family or getting married. Some friends are starting new careers or businesses or purchasing their first home. Life can be amazing, fun, difficult, frustrating and sad all at the same time.
I’m blessed with what I have but in particular with individuals who put up and even embrace my not so great attitudes and characteristics, people who want me to succeed, who help me when I’m down and trust me to help them when they need it most.
It has been 2 years and 2 months since I returned from my last overseas trip. During that time I have experienced some difficult mental health issues, I had to fight to keep my job and on keeping it work harder than ever before. I learnt a lot, like I’m tougher than I sometimes realise, and that I have some people who always have my back even when doing so can hurt their immediate needs. I learnt I can motivate people, I can help mentor and support people so they can learn from my challenges and experiences. I learnt I’m not a bad speaker and I’m a good strategic thinker. But most importantly I learnt that events and situations are never as bad as they seem.
I like my life situation, yes I fall down, I’d like to be fitter and healthier and more attractive, but I have a group of wonderful people in my life. People who I love and who love me. People I can’t wait to see again and tell them about the next adventure or experience. Let the adventure begin!