In the last week I have completely changed my life. I ended a two-year relationship, quit university and decided to book a one way plane ticket out of Australia. Why? Why not…
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened
For the last two years I have been in a relationship with somebody that truly showed me the meaning of this quote. A person full of such incredible positivity, love and support – someone who will always hold a strong and special place in my heart. He was the person that I shared so many beautiful moments with – the person who asked me if I was a ninja on school camp, the person who I first kissed at midnight in the pouring rain on the beach, the person that I shared an incredible group of friends with, the person that my family fell in love with, the person that I fell in love with, the person that kissed me on the cheek in our graduation photo booth, the person that I moved cities with, the person that I came home to every night, the person that hugged me when I cried, the person who I took on an adventure through Europe, the person that took me on an adventure through the snowy mountains – but most importantly the person that became my best friend.
Our personal paths in life forged together for the last two years – we were the right people for each other during that time. We helped each other become the people we are now and had a pretty darn good time doing so. However, we have reached the moment where we need to make our own paths, become passionate about our own things, travel our own journeys and most importantly live lives that we individually aspire to.
I was so fortunate to have met somebody so special at such a young age, and shared memories that will always make me smile.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
I want to live a life crazier than my wildest dreams. I want to experience and explore as much as the world as possible. I think the most important value that travel has taught me is to embrace the unknown, as it normally opens doors and leads us down new paths that we never knew we were capable off.
At the start of the year I didn’t chose the University door or the gap year door, instead I chose both. I studied full-time, accelerated my course, and worked over 30 hours a week so that I could travel and earn a bachelor’s degree at the same time. There was never a moment where I regretted my decision – I genuinely enjoyed the content in my course, I loved my boss and fellow staff at work, and I was able to travel throughout Europe for a month. However, I began worrying about the small picture rather than the big picture. I had a hysterical break down just because I scratched my car. I got so angry when I found out my gym had been charging me for six months after I cancelled. I bitched to people about my bias University lecturer like there was no tomorrow. It was not degree, nor my life in Brisbane that led me to the decision to quit University but rather the way I was spending each of my 24 hours. I decided to change the way I was spending my time because of the things that I considered important, I no longer wanted to stress about a parking fine but rather be stressed about gee that avalanche is getting close. At the young age of 18, I have so much more time ahead of me to do anything I want. I am completely open towards completing university, just not at this current point in my life. Maybe in two years, maybe in five. Maybe in Sydney, maybe in Switzerland. Who knows? Only time will tell.
The moment that I closed the door on the idea of completing University now, ten doors opened in its place. I can honestly say that I have never felt so free and happy after pursuing my curiosity towards living more adventurous during this point in my life – after all, doing what you like is freedom; liking what you do is happiness. Fortunately I have realised the changes I needed to make to have both.
I don’t know where I am going but I am heading in that direction
I no longer have a 10 year plan, nor a 1 year plan, not even a 1 month plan – I have a 24 hour plan. To be grateful for every day I am given, to keep moving forwards, to embracing unexpected opportunities, to living more passionately, to making my mark on the world and to most importantly being happy. On the 4th of October (exactly three years after my first solo trip overseas) I am flying away on a one way ticket. To where? Currently unknown yet exactly where I am meant to be.
I am looking forward to sharing this new journey with you. If you have any suggestions on ways I can fill my 24 hours – leave a comment below! My basic plan at the moment is to volunteer in South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos) and then head up towards Europe to become fluent in Italian and German.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your next 24 hours