This weekend I waved ‘bye for now, not forever’ to one of my best friends as she left Sydney to continue her adventures travelling and working abroad.
As goodbyes go it was a pretty great one – because we were both excited for what was next.
She was going on to a new country (enter stage left; exciting times ahead in a world unknown!) and I had my lovely Bronte home and new job to look forward to.
As I waved bye to one loved one, I waved hello to four more 😊 …
My family (Stepdad, Mum and two little sisters), left the UK on Friday to start a new life in Singapore.
Knowing how I felt that first time I left home in January 2014 I could well imagine the feelings they were going through.
Before leaving I remember life felt like it was rushing by very quickly.
I felt I had so much to do, to sort out, things to sell/ giveaway and various special people I needed to see.
While on the other side of the coin it felt like time had stopped still and it wasn’t really happening.
I remember I always knew I would ‘be alright’ and although I had no idea what lay ahead when I would land in Thailand, I had an underlying sense that it would all ‘be fine’ and I’d ‘be ok’ with whatever came my way.
I think that feeling was what kept me going.
In many ways it would have been easier to back out of my grand plans; find a new job and home and just stay put in London.
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
So, knowing the feelings I went through myself, I wish all the luck in the world to my family.
I’m so proud they’ve done it!. I can’t wait to see how life maps out ahead for them.
As soon as is possible I will be visiting Singapore.
I have flown through the (award winning – best in the world!) airport before but am yet to step foot in the city itself.
I have heard nothing but good things about the place and am really excited to make it my second home.
Flights are just 8 hours direct from Sydney – it’s comforting to know I can just ‘pop over’ and be there within a day if needed.
Also, super excited for my family to visit me in Sydney when the timing is good for them – especially my middle sister, Fearne; the day we finally hit Bondi Beach together (not just via FaceTime!) is going to be a memorable day indeed.
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!