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One year ago, today, an Air Canada 747 landed in Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith airport. One year ago today, my Canadian passport was stamped. One year ago today, I walked into the crowded International Arrivals area and waved at my friend Michele.
On this anniversary of my arrival, I want to say thank-you to some people who have helped me along, who’ve been friends when friends were needed, and given me places to stay.
There are lots of others, like Josh who drove me to the airport in Vancouver, Vicki who’s storing half my stuff in her closet, the nice people in Sydney who helped me with my shopping cart full of suitcases, the train ticket checkers who decided to be on coffee break on the times I couldn’t afford a ticket… and I’m not even getting into the friends I’ve made since I’ve been here.
Coming to Australia was a great decision. It’s given me perspective, a forced change from the ruts I didn’t even realise I was in. It’s forced me to rebuild everything, reconsider who I am and what I do. It’s not so much “finding oneself” as “refining oneself”. I got rid of 80% of my possessions, and only brought along only half of what remained. It’s a forced change, exactly what I needed.
So cheers. Thanks, mates. Here’s to another 4 years.