First of all I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you who read my blog. Your support , encouragement and love have really helped me. It has been so good to know that you have been out there rooting for me, sending me good wishes and positive thoughts, offering words of support and advice.
This sounds like the beginning of a goodbye...its not.
I took a few weeks off and went traveling. I went and did some normal stuff in Australia, just avoiding strikes. I caught up with a few friends around Asia, staying a night here and there, eating crap food, lying on beaches in the warm sunshine, walking along other beaches in the cold rain.(dont let anyone tell you Australia is always hot), having a few bumpy flights and a few over enthusiastic landings.
I saw great wonders of the natural and man made world. I saw the sun rise over the heart of Australia on a cold and almost frosty morning, the Milky Way suspended in an endless sky disappearing into the rising heat of the day until only the morning star and the red hot globe of the sun were left.
I saw dolphins playing in the river outside multimillion dollar houses, leaping without a care in the world, I laughed at parrots and lorrakeets as they hung upside down in trees releasing seeds from pods and pooping on unsuspecting passersby. I marveled at the skills of the surfers catching waves and riding them into the shore, knowing that for that stolen moment they were full of joy and life, abandoning everything to the feel of the wave beneath their board (see..... I've done it and recognise that look ).
I sat, huddled in a jumper cuddling hot chocolate, aimlessly watching the world go by, people watching, wondering what their lives were about, what secrets they held close to their hearts, where their life's journey was taking them and what they had in their shopping bags (life's not all deep and meaningful).
I ate steak, big juicy prawns, wonderful salad and drank the coldest beer and I slept......................oh how I slept. I slept in bunk beds, big luxury beds, on the sofa, in a tent, on planes, boats, in cars anywhere there was a reasonably horizontal surface.
And now I am back in far away land, having traveled thousands of miles in a short space of time, used up my carbon footprint for many a month and now I am ready to face the future. I am still not sure what it is, I know it is under my control, it is my decision, and for once that feels the right thing and it feels good to be like that.
So now to just say what I am feeling to those I need to say it to.