It's a couple days until the New Year, and for the first time (being in Australia) I'll be one of the first people I know to get to 2018. For someone who feels behind in so many aspects of life, I'm grateful for the nudge. This year--more than any other--I have seen the turning point within my friend groups. My friend from high school had a baby, my friend from college got married, and my best friend bought an actual, real house with her partner. I, on the other hand, sold all my things (again), moved across the world (again) and started a new life (again). And became single again.
I think 2018 is going to be a change for me. I'm not envying having a baby, or getting married, or paying a mortgage. But I would like a weekly happy hour with good friends. And I kind of want to own my own couch. I finally am at the point where I'd like to travel less and stay at nicer places, rather than travel constantly on a small budget. And I am ready for a big girl job. Sure, I still have plans to go the Philippines, live in Australia and go to Europe this year (all before May). I'm not saying travel is an easy habit to break. But I believe that as I focus on different opportunities they will come--and I will find they are more thoughtful, closer to home, and more engaging than my jobs have been in the past.
I am always pushing people to travel and explore the world so they know where their limits are. So they know what they actually enjoy in life, rather than just like what is available to them at home. I've done that, and now I know myself pretty damn well. My decade-long search for the perfect place has in the world has, ironically, changed all qualifications as soon as I found Perth, Western Australia. This isolated city, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, has amazing art culture, resources, and restaurants. It has a beach and laid-back people. But it's far from my family. And my friends. And now my friend's kids.
Maybe I'll find a group here in Perth and live globally my whole life. Maybe I'll get that job interview for the job I applied for in Fiji. Maybe--somehow--I'll find I want to live in the U.S. again.
Either way I feel this year will be a culmination of what I set out to do as a very young woman, years ago, when I started travelling the world. I found myself, my passions, and the strength to go and get it. This new year is where I'll act on it with purpose.