Ha! Well there's something you don't learn every day. All these years, I've been CONVINCED that David Bowie was crooning ''tuuurn, and face the STRANGE... ch-ch-changes!'' in Changes, but nuh-uh, apparently he's been uttering ''STRAIN'' this whole time. Silly me! (Or should that be... silly David? Come on now, Mr. Fame. You know I adore you - and who am I to bicker with a multi-million dollar rockstar?! - but ''strange''? ''Change''? They just rhyme so PERFECTLY!)
I'm currently bunkering down in Blenheim's public library, and c-h-a-n-g-e-s are the exact topic on my mind.
They're a CINCH to make when you're unhappy, aren't they? If you're dissatisfied with your job, you leave! If you can't stand the sight of a particular ornament in your bedroom, you move it! But what about when you ARE at ease? When everything's sailing along (almost) perfectly? Would you - should you - rock the boat?
Six months ago, shortly before I boarded a plane for London, I made the decision not to return to my home of Sydney, Australia at the conclusion of my holiday. Instead, I'd be flying to a teeny-tiny town named Blenheim, in New Zealand, to live with my (then!) very-new boyfriend until he completed his apprenticeship. It was a little wacky (bless my grandparents, who kindly sat me down to offer their advice of ''Corrine? We love you, but you're nuts, and this time, truly seem to have LOST YOUR MIND'' upon hearing my choice!), and hugely terrifying, but we were placed on this planet to love, laugh, cry, have fun, make mistakes and learn from them, right? ''TAKE a massive risk!'' I told myself. ''DON'T worry about what could possibly go wrong. Get excited about what could go RIGHT!''
My reason for farewelling Sydney, Australia and embracing Blenheim, New Zealand... the beautiful Mr. Richard Budny.
Am I worried that I'll miss my friends? Oh, believe me, I already do! Do I occasionally crave the sound of an Australian accent, the sight of a gorgeous Sydney beach, and live in fear that I'll slightly struggle in Blenheim... that it'll never feel like home? Sometimes. But then I giggle with my love (AH! I'm not sure if we're Facebook, Instagram or Twitter friends, and you've caught a glimpse of my obsessive updates, but holey moley, this man is INCREDIBLE!), and remember Lemony Snicket's delicious quote:
Here's to choosing magnificent adventures. Always!
Guh! YES! YES! I think like that too, it's just, why not jump? Yes, it's scary, but you know what, it could be amazing!
I am SO happy for you, SO happy! Now you just need to find me an awesome NZ guy for me :P
Tiara - Thank-you kindly, MOTHER!
Vanessa - Awww. Thank-you so much, Vanessa!
Good on you for taking the leap! I wish you all the best.
Well done Pods, nicely written!