I remember boarding the plane with no idea what I was doing. In February I'd booked the flight. A few short months later I'd packed my life into a small bag and completely turned my world on its head. I'd convinced myself I was just going on a travel journey, this turned in three and a half years away.
A few days earlier laid out in front of me were a few sets of clothes and a few other possessions that would all fit into my back pack. I was living a comfortable life in a cute duplex home in Melbourne's inner suburbs. Id had a successful career in a few different jobs in the city and had studied a lot by this stage. I was now on a good wage and also had some travel and a lot of sporting achievements on my resume.
I'd fallen into what I described as the black hole. I was 28 and life was starting to seem boring. I'd been sprinting competitively for at least 10 years and coming of the back of a major injury. I'd studied, moved away and come home, had a long term boyfriend and moved on and now I was trying to play out the career side of my life, the only problem was, I hated it.
I'd been set on getting a good job and making a good income. Yet the reality of this was it sucked! In there early and mid 20s all my close friends had left Australia to travel and live overseas. This had never appealed to me, as much as they tried to convince me how much I would love it, I would always say I think I'd just prefer holiday travel.
I remember in TAFE I studied tourism with my cousin. The world of travel opened my eyes and one day we decided when we finished the course we'd go to Europe to work, live and travel for a while. I remember writing down the plan and the budget and all the things we would need to save up for. Yet I never held up my end of the bargain, instead I 'fell in love' and chose dates of mates.
She set of on an adventure of a life time and I remember when she came back she seemed like a transformed person and I'd listen to her stories with curiosity and intrigue. She returned home and left again before finally convincing me that this would be a good idea.
She came to visit as my world had been reduced to a few items to fit in my bag, just a few days before jetting off. I was excited to see her as she knew what I was in for. 'Your so brave, going on your own' she told me. I was horrified 'but this is what you have done?' She explained how she'd never set out alone and always had just gone her separate way when travelling with a friend. I freaked out even more wondering if I was really up for this.
Ahead of me we're some of the most amazing adventures of my life, adventurous, eye opening and life changing. I'd started to get comfortable with life. When this happens it seems I'm guided to completely change directions. As one of my friends describe making a 'table flip' decision. Pulling the table cloth out from the perfectly set table and starting over. Setting up your comfortable life to completely disrupt it for a new way.
Looking back on my life I realise I've done this often. Years earlier, I choose to move away from home in my early 20s for university. I moved to a place where I knew no one and nothing. I left a 'comfortable' relationship and wandered down a different path.
Yet all of these decisions have been made because of a pull the guiding intuition that has told me to look down this path, trust it and go for it. I listened and blindly trusted at things would all work out. And they have a 1000 times over and the most epic life has unfolded in front of me time and time again.
After returning to Australia and finding myself in this somewhat comfortable position again, I should have guessed, the intuition knocked on my door yet again. At first these times can feel scary and fearful.
So it's important to remember this, when making 'table flip' decisions and moving forward with blind trust.
- The unknown can always seem scary, but it's equally exciting. 'Where will I go, who will I meet, what will I say and to whom, what an exciting concept.
- Nothing changes if nothing changes.
- Everything works out in the end. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.
- You will never regret following your intuition.
- There is so much of this wild and crazy life, experience as much as you possibly can, you will be richer for it.
- It's easy to get caught up in a small mind, a small community and a small life, but it may not always serve you in the best way.
And finally ''go where you are called' this may be difficult but it will offer you 100% content, growth and learning. It will open your mind to new possibilities. Trust the path. It's designed especially for you.
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