When we packed up our house, labouring through the last of the cleaning, something in those final moments felt significant. Closing the blinds, mopping the floors, switching off the lights one last time. I remember nothing but happy memories in that house – the moments that turn it from a house to a home. As Riley and I took our last walk along the beach on our street, we dug our toes into the sand and walked, side by side, in utter silence. Welcoming the new chapter about to begin in our lives, and bidding farewell to the pages just turned.
For the longest time, I never imagined myself leaving Tasmania. It’s quiet, comfortable – albeit freezing – and the only place I have ever called home. The idea of packing up my life and fitting it in the space of my small SUV sounded like the last thing in the world I could do. First of all, is it plausible to travel with just a carload of books and nothing else? How would I determine what is important, and what to leave behind? These last few months where I haven’t had time to write, is because I have been making those decisions. The next 50 days are our last ones in Tasmania.
Queensland is the part two to this story that we are writing. It’s terrifying to dive into the unknown, but I also know it’s going to be one of the best and biggest adventures of our lives. I want to visit every bookshop and read under the sun on park benches. Meet people from all walks of life to experience the world in a different way, while we aren’t able to travel yet ourselves. I have always had a plan for where I imagined my life to go, or what I want to do, and would feel anxious if I ever veered off track. At this moment, there is no plan. I don’t know what I want to do or who I want to be, but isn’t that exciting that we’re on the journey to finding out?
Saying goodbye to friends and family for a while is going to be one of the hardest things I will ever do. I realise it’s not forever, and every person on the planet is an expert in video calls by now. But, I’m used to having my family within a 10 minute drive of wherever I am, at all times. I am going to be the most seasoned Queensland to Tasmania traveller the skies have ever seen.
If you have been feeling the need to jump in the deep end – to start a new career, move houses, try a new hobby or make new friends – take this as your sign to do those things. Why wait around until it’s too late, when the most exciting times in your life might not have happened yet? Coming from me, who prefers a hermit crab-like lifestyle more than anything, that’s saying something – so, take a page out of my book and start that next chapter of your life.
As for Sincerely, E, this is one part of my home I can always have with me, wherever I go. It will give me comfort in a period of my life where I might feel like I’m yet to belong somewhere. So, I’ll be here, and I hope you will be too. Wish me luck, and I’ll see you in whichever part of the story comes next.
Until next time,