National LibraryNormally, 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 toreflect onwhat the rest of my year is going to look like. Real life… Imused 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, Ipulled 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 mycomfortablelife. 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’ weeklyroutine. I couldn’tget sucked back into that. I’d need another 5 years to reset!

I have a plan though. A planto 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 Canberrahas 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 newadventure. Canberra,let’s show the world what makes this city great.

Join the journey on Twitter, Instagram,Periscopeand Snapchat. You can find me as @korske.

P.S. I’ve just Co-Founded AusBackpacking. A project that aims to help young people travel Australia better. Please go check it out.

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