Why Melbourne?Monday, August 26, 2013
I felt that I had outgrown Auckland. It had been my home for almost seven years, since 2007. That is longer than you would spend in a NZ high school. Auckland was my university city and I was ready to find my young professional city. I knew Auckland too well. Auckland had become too comfortable.
The alternative, therefore, was Melbourne. It is a bigger version of Wellington, still artsy and a foodie's heaven. It is close enough from home that my loved ones can come visit more frequently than if I had moved to, say, San Francisco, or Milan, or back to Paris. Of course, there is also the advantage of less paper works involved. Being a Kiwi in Aussieland requires no special visa. I just packed and flew over, found a room, opened a bank account, got a job. I am now a Melbournite.
But upon leaving I am also always arriving. At my next goal. I plan and execute. I have never run away.
In high school I told myself I would return to France for a year to improve my French, after an all-too-brief two-month exchange programme. Gave myself six years. Then, you know what, I went back, exactly six years later. After university, I was offered an internship I had wanted. It would allow me to experience two cultures at the same time, French and Korean, as well as a taste of professional work in the sector of PR and Events management. I said yes on Friday, bought my tickets on Saturday, boarded for a 12-hour flight on Sunday, landed and started work on Monday.
Towards something I love and look forward to. Towards my goals. Right now, my goal is to stay in Melbourne for a while. I may even allow myself a coffee table book, or two. But not too many. Just in case.
Anaïs Nin said:
"I don't really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits."I don't think all this is extraordinary, but I guess it is not the usual course of life most people take, either. My lifestyle isn't something I sought out, at first. I just reached out for my next goals and at times, most times, I was scared, but then I have a network of friends and family supporting me, literally all over the world.
I am incredibly fortunate.
This is how I plan for the future: through experience. Paving my own path forward, my way.