I was not able to finish everything on my checklist, but I met as much of the people I wanted to say goodbye to as I could. Back then, my friends did not know if I was going back after a year or if I was going to send an email saying I was planting myself on foreign soil for good.
This time, I have a slower pace and more opportunities to ruminate. My social calendar is not overly booked. I have less clothes and shoes to pack. But is it any easier? Who likes goodbyes, please raise their hands? I know I don't. I'm pretty bad at it.
And so I sit with this sadness as part of the process. All good things must come to an end, so this holiday, this vacation, this time with my Sydney family and friends has reached its closing credits.
I am at peace with the decision. I know my future is bright, it is in God's hands, and even now doors and windows are opening for me. If only I could just stop feeling too much.
Yesterday I looked back at what I've written in my two blogs the past year, and came up with this:
I was going to eat, pray, love, write, travel, cook, babysit, sleep, walk, dream, and write some more.
In terms of travel, I've been to the following wonderful places since then:
3. In May, I realized I was living a good life, but found the concept strange.
5. InAugust 2013, I had a fantastic trip to Melbourne, stayed at a beach house and then a farm, and visited good friends.
|Going to Bondi Beach|