Day 20. Melbourne.
So I guess this is it, at least for this project. One thing that this has done is helped me to approach my new environment(s) with interest and enthusiasm. It’s meant I’ve really focused on what is new, what is different, what is challenging, and I’ve enjoyed that experience. It hasn’t made me mourn what I’ve given up by moving here, which has surprised me a bit. Perhaps I’m better at hitting the ground running than I had thought I would be. There has been frustration, and stress, but I (we) have pulled through that. And I feel it’s all only just beginning.
One thing that I’m coming to understand, just a little bit, from this experience of newness and difference, is that it’s not so much who or what or where we are that defines us and gives a measure of our character; rather, it’s how we respond to the things and people and places that we are not. I hope I haven’t come up too short in that assessment.
It’s been an interesting 40 days. Thanks for joining me along the way.
So… what happens now?
Day 19. Melbourne.
I didn’t stay for the show. Nor did anyone else that I saw…
Day 18. Melbourne.
It’s not Paris, but on a sunny, warm, glowing afternoon it’s more than enough for me.
Day 17. Melbourne.
It’s a city of contrasts, often in close proximity. I like that about it.
I’m never alone
I’m alone all the time
– Bush, “Glycerine”
Day 15. Melbourne.
Down, down, into the deep, dark depths… yes, that seems about right for today.
Day 14. Melbourne.
A pop-up shop, somewhere in the process of popping… So much potential!
Day 13. Melbourne.
Dinner with friends – all of these potential ideas hovering just above our heads…
Day 12. Melbourne.
So, clearly I have the most awesome wife ever.
Day 11. Melbourne.
It would be so easy to take this for granted – the size, scale, smells, sights, people, foods – the constant buzzing of activity and light and movement. But I’m determined to keep trying to see it for what it is (new, different, various), and what it isn’t (better, or worse for that matter)…