Part of the Melbourne Central Business District from across the Yarra River. In the photo you can see part of Flinders Railway Station on the right, which is the largest train station in the city.
The move to Australia seems to be going pretty well for us so far. We have been able to find all the basic furnishings we need for our apartment, and we are starting to get better acclimated to the Brunswick area. Finding a more stable job will take some time, but it takes some time anywhere you go to get settled in.
I have recently found a bit of casual work at a lawn bowls club in the area. Lawn bowls is a fairly relaxed sport, and I am learning about the game for the first time myself. The basic premise is to roll weighted balls, and you try to get your large balls to stop the closest to the smaller ball known as the “jack” or “kitty”. The sport is played on a flat, well kept grass surface, either barefoot or in special smooth soled shoes. As the members of the club say, “bowls takes twenty minutes to learn, but twenty years to master”.
People of all ages come to play bowls on the weekend, and it is a great way to enjoy being outdoors on a nice afternoon. Everyone competes with friends and relatives, and they can enjoy a few drinks while they play. The members at the particular club I will be at all seem very laid back, which is one of the things I like so far about Australia. People here aren’t afraid to have a good time here, and everyone likes to drink, haha.
I worked with one of the members on my first day, and she is a very interesting character. She is an avid traveler, and she spent about four years living in Germany when she moved there in her 20’s. She said she had no money, no job, couldn’t speak German, but she was crazy and young back then.
She went on to share some interesting thoughts and stories with me throughout the afternoon, and one point she made definitely stuck with me. She said something to the effect of this:
“One day you will wake up and realize that if you don’t leave now, you are going to be where you are for the rest of your life. You can either be alright with that, or you know it’s time to go.”
In her case she decided it was time to go, as she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in Germany. She knew she wanted to go back to Australia, which is where she lives now. She went to Germany as a young girl with absolutely nothing, and today she lives in the Melbourne area where she has many friends and her own business.
I have yet to reach a point in my life where I have a feeling to the extreme as she described, but in the same respect I felt that way a bit about the United States. Sure it would have been easier in some ways to just stay in the country I was born in, but at the same time it just didn’t feel right for me to do so.
Many times in life it’s easier to become comfortable and to settle for what you have always known. I am not saying there is anything right or wrong about this way of thought, but in some ways I think you need to leave somewhere in order to realize what’s important to you and realize what you really want to do with your life.
Leaving for one person might be different than the next. Some people might consider traveling to another part of their state or country as leaving home, others might consider going somewhere abroad as truly leaving. Nonetheless, I think it’s important to open yourself up to new experiences and places in the world, otherwise you don’t realize what you are missing out on. It can not only help you realize where you want to be, but who you aspire to be as well.
I haven’t yet found that special place that I don’t want to leave. Perhaps it will be Australia, but then again perhaps it won’t be. For now I will be trying to make the best of my time here by opening myself up to new ideas and experiences, along with new adventures that await. When the day comes that I hear that voice, I will know that it’s time to make a big decision.