It is strangely ironic that in 2004 I walked down the aisle to the opening strings of Bittersweet Symphony. As Verve sang: "It's a Bittersweet Symphony that's life..." and the past few years have not only been the darkest of times but they've been the best. As I faced my worst fears and rebuilt my life I discovered an emotional maturity and strength I didn't even know I had, and that I had the most amazing support network, all of whom stepped out of the wings and helped me when I needed it most.
In the rush to leaving I have had little time to reflect on the fact that I'm really departing Brisbane for good, a city where I have spent the longest consecutive period of time in my life. It seems that since last April, in a pub in Brighton where Lucy Jones said 'Don't worry, I'll take your dogs honey', that I stepped onto an incredible rollercoaster ride that has brought me to a point where I'm updating this blog in an internet cafe in Singapore, entering the great unknown with excitement and extreme gratitude in my heart for everyone who helped me get here. I must admit I had a little blub on the plane as I flew in. My personal journey affected many people this past year, to more of an extent than I realised, and thanks to everyone who has been on the rollercoaster ride with me. You can all get off now :) Hopefully your legs aren't as shaky as mine.
You are only as strong as the people that support you. You know who you are. I suggest buying tickets for the 'Small Small World' ride (except without the scary dolls). This year it's in 3D!
I'm going to stop with the emotional stuff now, it's out of character and not like me to wallow, and get to the good bits - the travelling and partying! I just had to thank so many people, that it's easier to do it this way. I'll miss everyone - just saying that here in case I didn't tell you personally.
To paths less trodden...
When I started this blog a few years ago in 2010, I was wrapping up my life in Australia, putting a painful few years where they belonged - behind me - and preparing for some crazy travel adventures and a new life in London. Now I'm older, slightly wiser. There's been more laughter than tears, incredible friendships revived and forged, successes, loss and grief, and a shedload of travel. I should have kept this blog up, but like many good intentions it fell by the wayside as life took over. Well, no time like the present! I hope you enjoy, be inspired, roll your eyes a little. And like I said when I kicked this blog off: "You know it's not going to be boring."