Tonight is my last night in the 2013 snow season of Australia. I’ve spent the last three months of my life living here and I don’t even know if I have the words to begin to describe this experience.
It’s been incredible. It’s been life changing. I’ve done countless things that I’d never dreamed of doing and tried so many new things. I wouldn’t nearly hesitate to answer the question “when was the last time you did something for the first time?” Because I feel that every day I try, see, feel, experience something new. Every day I am a new version of myself. I am confident and I am proud.
From the very beginning I have felt like I am learning what it means to be human. Living with 30+ people constantly teaches you patience and I feel that it frees you from embarrassment that people tend to feel in the natural world, because you are all one and you all have needs and you all need to express and release your feelings. We are human. We are one.
Us humans have so many similarities that we are simply born with so do not fear to be different. Build your character and experience as much as you can. Life waits for nobody. I see now the mirror of my youth and just yesterday I was appreciating the age that I am and the excitement I feel towards getting older and gaining more experiences.
Life. Laugh. Be free. You are a free bird. Don’t let anybody hold you down. Don’t be limited by fear. Don’t get comfortable and settle for less than you deserve, because you are at your prime when you are a free and any less than being free is not worth living for. You need to live the life you desire and take adventure when it comes.
Colin quoted his grandma when saying “always take an opportunity when it comes, because it may never come again”.
I am so, so, so proud of myself. For all I’ve endured, the strength I’ve shown, my willingness to learn, my appreciation for what I have at the present and what is mine in a far away city.
I amaze myself. I went to a new place, completely alone, knowing nobody or nothing. I was a complete stranger. And here I am three months later and this feels like home. I don’t know how or when it happened but I know in my heart I will miss this place for months to come. I only hope in the future I can continue and keep my desires to learn, explore, experience and feel things that I haven’t before.
Julia, don’t be afraid. You lived in three different lodges here and made every one feel like home. You made friends everywhere you went and was never afraid to laugh at the silliest of things. People can try to break you down but you are stronger and so much smarter than you give yourself credit for. Believe in yourself. You have strength. You are free.