I write to you from my home along the river and amongst the gum trees in Oz, as I listen to a friend’s rendition of jumping mouse. I have been home for 3 weeks now and I am complete with a feeling of happiness, contentment, gratitude and pride.
It can be a difficult and stressful time when one makes a decision to uproot from their current position and dance away to another place. It can be even more daunting when you have made a decision to return to a place you have already been based before. I was not alone in my decision to return to my home as I had several friends in similar circumstances and the conversations around the issue have struck me as super interesting and have resonated with me.
A grand commonality was the fear for us to think that by one returning home they are taking a backwards step, going back to where they left off and having fear surrounding what others may think of them returning. I have been working with this ideal during and throughout the transition period. I have already learnt a lot and continue to learn about myself, my surrounds and life itself.
The most important concept that I would like to share with anyone in the same position is that you are not ‘returning’ and it certainly is not a ‘backwards movement’ as you are not the same person you were when you left. Your travels and experiences have shaped you to be the person you are TODAY, altering your views, perceptions and behaviours.
Instead of viewing your choice as settling back into your ‘old life’ look at it as a fresh new place, a place where you have not yet explored and where adventures can be had. Begin a new relationship with yourself within that environment instead of falling back into ‘old patterns’ which may not be beneficial to your health and well-being. I am doing my best to maintain my travelling adventure spirit by doing the things I loved when I was abroad; yoga, exploring new places, visiting unique shops, eating whole and good foods and enjoying the company of people with similar interests.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to begin another life in Oz. It has been the best decision I have made since having my first Falafel kebab at Esen that fateful September. I am here now with a whole new insight and a new world has been opened to me of spirituality, health and love.
I hope that no matter where you are in the world or your life stage that you can begin or continue a loving relationship with yourself and learn to love the place you call home.
With love and gratitude,