What is life all about? Why are we on this planet? What are we meant to do here? These are all questions that I’ve found myself asking at one time or another. I’ve come to Australia in order to discover myself and who I truly am deep down in my soul. It is a process. It is a journey. But it is a beautiful life and I am grateful for every day that I wake up in the morning and get the chance to live another day.
What are some of the ways I’ve changed since coming here? Well, there’s lots of things. I was always independent and determined to accomplish my goals (I still am by the way). However, I believe taking this journey through Australia has made me more resilient both mentally and physically. I’ve moved so many times over the past 3 months (over 15 times!) that I’ve had to depend on myself but also accept that sometimes I really do need help. Luckily, Australia is filled with kind strangers 🙂 I’ve had to become more outgoing and get used to sharing a dorm room with between 4-10 people at a time (not to mention the bathroom with a whole floor). I’ve learned how little I actually need in life and have given away a ton of unnecessary things (ex. books, clothes, food, etc.). I’ve accepted the fact that I look extremely young and that I eat healthy (everyone comments on it!). I’ve also learned the following: how to share, the importance of practicing gratitude (I’ve been keeping a daily log), not to judge others, always have faith in God and the Universe, how to manage my finances, and those are just a few of the numerous learning lessons.
Now it hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had some of the greatest and challenging times of my life here so far. Have I had times where I was fed up and wanted to go home? Sure. However, those are the times where you push through and persevere. It is always worth the effort. Always.
One of the hardest lessons that I’m still learning is to not compare myself with other travelers. Some people come here to do everything and anything. Although I am proud of the things that I’ve accomplished, if you constantly judge yourself against what other people have done, you will always be filled with regret. Have I made mistakes that cost me in the long run? You betcha. But the past is in the past and the future is in the future. I am focused on the present. It is the only time we truly have after all 🙂
I sometimes think that I cannot truly see how much I am changing for the better. But I will definitely be able to see the difference when I get home. I know I will be completely different and that is exciting! I also love being an inspiration for everyone and your loving messages mean more to me than you will ever know. Thank you for always encouraging me and giving me helpful advice (you know who you are).
I am currently on my way to Cairns (which is in the north east of Australia) and I will stay there until I fly to Perth on June 1st. I am so excited to go to Perth. Not only for the quokkas (little super cute marsupial animals) and tons of job opportunities but because I felt I needed to travel there and I am following my heart. I don’t have a job there or a set place to stay. I don’t know anyone there. But everything is okay. I am okay. Actually I am fantastic. I can feel that the best is yet to come and great things (and people) are coming into my life. I am going to have an amazing experience 🙂 Biggest lesson learned: Always follow your heart no matter what.
But for my family and friends who are concerned about me, don’t worry. I am making good decisions and I am safe. I will try my hardest to update more often and I will get those pictures posted! I love you all and remember you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message me (find me under Maryann Leap). I promise I will always answer 🙂
Until next time,
Much love and light to all of you,