2018, where do we we begin? It literally began at the beach with a take-away bag of McDonalds and an incredibly intoxicated boyfriend in tow. We’d abandoned a disappointing NYE event, but I was impressed. We’d ditched the event rather than wasting our time and forcing it to be something spectacular. What a good way to start 2018, I thought. Life’s too short, so why spend it unhappy and unsatisfied? Fast forward three months, and that was exactly what we did with our relationship. Adios. Sayonara. Au revoir.
Hello twenty-three! Didn’t think I’d see you so soon!
While I’ve learnt WAY more than 23 lessons, I want to share my top 23 on my special day. These lessons have been an absolute life line this past year or so. And I can’t wait to see what lessons are learnt by the time the big two-four rolls around next year.
2017 was a lot of things to me. It was living in the west and then living in the east. It’s been adventurous and it’s been dull. It was moving slowly and then it sped up. It’s comprised of many challenges and I’ve learnt more lessons in one year than I’ve learnt in my previous 21 years of life. 2017 was many things, but it was the year where I’ve truely growing up.
For anyone who knows me, it’s been no secret that I’ve wanted to move my life back to my birth-state, Victoria. While I’ve grown up in Western Australia’s chilled out coastal lifestyle, I’ve also grown out of it. Over the last seven or so years, I’ve dreamt of exploring the urban, concrete jungles. While New York was always the big dream, I knew that one day I would return to my roots in Melbourne. Moving interstate or overseas was always in my five-year plan. But things changed when Kyal came into my life.
7th June 2016
When I woke, I knew. There was no mind fog, no dream dawdling into day. Reality hit me before consciousness did. That today was deployment day. That by the time the sun melted into the sea, Kyal would be on a ship, chasing it across the Indian Ocean.
The bed squeaked as we stirred and shuffled closer to each other. I lifted my back. He extended his left arm. Our morning embraces were like clockwork, and while our brains knew our routine would be disrupted, our bodies denied reality.