Being in Australia for the first time in a couple of years, it has been a lovely time to reflect on where we have come and what we have achieved in 3.5 years. As our years in Europe grow, so does some our nostalgia for Australia and the parts of it we enjoyed in the past. Like any city of course there is also a tremendous amount of change from what we knew previously. This can also make a city feel less like what you knew. We are nearing the end of our holiday in Australia and the whole trip has been a nice moment to reflect. Also as I write this, my 30th blog post for 2018, it is a good time to reflect on where I have been in this last six months and where I see myself and my family going in the next six months, 2 years and even 5 years.
We went to storage today to see what things we wanted to bring back and what we wanted to keep. Somethings have already been brought over thanks to the blessings of family and so we had a short time to discover what trinkets, mementos, family heirlooms and other oddities were waiting for us. Many of the items will stay in Australia until we feel like we are permanently in Europe for the longer haul. One container load of these things would be all it would need to reunite us with our things. Otherwise they remain safe here in Australia.
What can you leave and what do you really need to bring with you on your journey?
This reflection and other moments in my trip have allowed me to see I have grown in the last 3.5 years. Moving to a new city or country in not an easy task especially with a partner and small children. We miss certain things we took for granted in Australia and so are indulging a little in such things. Meat pies, Confectionary like Peppermint Crisps, Mint Patties and Whittakers Peanut slab to name a few, as well as craft beer (which has exploded in Australia), good coffee and familiar locations like Manly and Barangaroo. We have missed many things without really knowing we had.
We have also really missed friends. A friends network cannot be taken for granted. It is one thing to connect on Social media, but really lovely to see people in person. Making the effort takes effort. When you live in the same city it is easy to assume people will be there. In another city or country, we have to make the effort and really have on returning to Australia.
A moment of reflection when you come back to your old city or country can show you these things. Also some of the things you left for. Sydney and Melbourne now feel like busy, noisy and hectic cities. Lots to do, places to be, status to gain. Coffees and networking to have. Of course this exists in Vienna, but is somehow the same but different. It takes a moment of reflection to see this. Vienna might feel overwhelming for its own reasons, but that is where our hearts are for now.
I am glad we have come back and reflect that this trip has been good for all of us to see the people we love, the places we like and the things we want to experience. We now look forward to returning with renewed hearts and spirits ready to make the next few years even more successful for us all.
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David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.