Normally, coming home is the end of an adventure. You’ve had a great time exploring the world and now, reality has called you back. Bugger. It’s when real life starts to sink back in.
This week has been a “rest” (less full on) week. I had enough time to reflect on what the rest of my year is going to look like. Real life… I mused to myself. What does that even look like?
Just to bring things into perspective, I’ve lived out of my car for 5 years. I’ve driven over 300,000km over those 5 years met some great people and seen some pretty spectacular things.
When I moved back into my apartment, I pulled my duvet/pillows out of my swag and made my bed. I then carried up a suitcase and a few pelican cases of photography gear. This was everything I needed to live my comfortable life. I don’t own much stuff. It surprised me how little I had. In the car, I felt like I always had too much. In a room? It looks pretty empty.
Whoops… Back to real life talk: At that point, I still hadn’t worked out what “real life” looked like in my world. I certainly didn’t want it to be the real life that I left behind 5 years ago. A life locked in a ‘normal’ weekly routine. I couldn’t get sucked back into that. I’d need another 5 years to reset!
I have a plan though. A plan to make sure that I don’t get sucked back into “normal”. When I’m asked what I did during the week, I never want to reply “Oh yeah, the same as usual”.
This year, my goal is to live intentionally, to keep exploring and re-discover home. Since I left Canberra 5 years ago, things have changed. I’ve changed and Canberra has changed. I’m going to re-explore the city that I’ve always called home. I might not be crossing Australia again in a hurry but I’m going to keep exploring and I’m going to take you along with me.
I’m back home and this is the beginning of a whole new adventure. Canberra, let’s show the world what makes this city great.
P.S. I’ve just Co-Founded AusBackpacking. A project that aims to help young people travel Australia better. Please go check it out.