After five years in Australia, my family and I are heading home to Scotland. We’ve lived down in Southern Victoria, we’ve lived in the hot and cyclonic North West Australia and most recently we now live in Western Australia. So it is fair to say – we have seen a bit of Australia. If you want to know about the place – I’m your gal!
It’s been an adventure. We’ve discovered so much about a new country and also about who we are as people. We have no regrets! We’d recommend other people give living in a new country a try. Go for it! Seriously, just do it!
Choices have to be made in life. It’s hard to make decisions. For the longest time we’ve been unsure. Do we stay or do we go home?
It’s hard to know. We could of course be wrong but we believe it is important to listen to our hearts and instincts. Our hearts at this point in our life is telling us…Scotland.
I read that it is easier to make choices in life when we know our personal values. At 32, I know what truly matters to me.
In my teens and twenties – adventure, having fun and new experiences mattered to me. That’s cool. That’s normal. But as I grow older my values are evolving, no doubt ‘super-charged’ due to the extreme life experiences we have endured over the past five years down under.
During our time in Australia, there has been many, many (harrowing, stressful, emotional) experiences that have tested our resolve and made us question our decision to live so far away from the very people who love us. But not just that, there has been many times when people who we love have needed us and we’ve felt utterly useless!
If you are going to live in Australia forever (or anywhere far from your home) you have to be willing to sacrifice your relationships with the people you leave behind. You have to be comfortable with the consequences of not being available in person.
So, what did we conclude?
We are no longer willing to sacrifice our relationships for a country we like. Australia offers an wonderful lifestyle and opportunity but you can’t put a price on love. I know many people have to – people who are fleeing danger, people who are desperately seeking work. And many people want to move away and never wish to return. Everybody has to make their own personal choices in life.
Thankfully, we are incredibly fortunate, we have many options. The reason we are here? For an adventure. That’s been a five-year long life-changing adventure!
But the reality is – we are worn and broken by sad good-byes. It is time for more hello’s with the people who we love.
And so we booked our flights. No return. One way tickets.