You may well know that in January 2020 I moved to Sydney, Australia. This had been a dream of mine since visiting the country 3 years ago and 2020 seemed like the perfect time.
When completing my 4 year degree at City, University of London I definitely needed a break and what better place to go, than the East coast of Australia. I arrived alone but met so many incredible friends along the way. They hosted, took me around, fed, nurtured, provided love and kindreds and became family over the 3 months I was here. I vowed then that I would have to make a way to return and live one day. Whilst being here I felt a sense of purpose and a peace that I lacked in London, almost like a calling to come back, in the words of Moana.. See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me.
Little did I know that 2020 would actually become a bigger year than anyone imagined. Thanks to Covid-19 we found ourselves in a global pandemic for the first 6 months of the year. Despite the sorrow and tragedy that many experienced, Australia appears to have sheltered itself from much of the virus, with very little cases reported and just a short lockdown time to keep safe.
Luckily in the first 2 months of my move to Sydney I managed to meet friends through my church community; find a beautiful appartment by the sea in a suburb called Brighton-le-sands; find work as a casual speech pathologist in community and a car to avoid the awfully sparse public transport. The next couple of weeks were a little challenging, although not a dent on the many hardships that others experienced during this time. The lockdown has made me even more grateful for what I have and determined to use my time wisely to encourage and spread joy to those around.
Hence the start of the Dear Me movement and this blog, along with a few other projects along the way (keep your eyes peeled). As the world returns to a new sense of ‘normal’ why not re-define what we previously perceive to be every day life. I want to be part of a community that builds each other up and does not fight to tear each other down. Other individuals’ shame, guilt, sorrow and despair does not promote us in any way. Let’s change the narrative and support others, educate ourselves on injustice, love our communities and challenge the old ways of living. Here’s to the next 6 months of 2020. May it be filled with appreciation for the little things, building deeper relationships with family and friends, a journey of self growth and education for the world around us.