The fact that today is New Year’s Day is coincidental as I sit here on the beach reflecting on the years gone by. I’ve just walked along the Esplanade and noticed I was revelling in the sounds and scents of Australia….my home. I’m so lucky.
Early morning walks provide a treat for all the senses. I am listening to the waves creeping up to the high tide line, the cacophany of birdlife above and around me and even the sound of the bats in the she-oaks. There are children playing in the playground and riding their Xmas scooters and bikes on the path. Two oldies just rode past on their mobile carts with their ‘totally mobile’ flags flapping in the breeze. I can smell the sea, the eucalyptus, sunscreen and the best of all, the coffee in my hand. The ‘bin chickens’ are scavenging for New Year’s Eve scraps.
I often commented when I was in Spain how I missed the sound of wildlife. All you see there are sparrows and seagulls. The sound here, right now, is deafening. The parrots in particular are so noisy!
Life goes on regardless, it excludes, includes and creates new opportunities and experiences. I have a few friends who really struggle at this time of year and I’m sitting here thinking about you all.
I’m contemplating how people come and go in and out if our lives. Some for a long time and others for a moment. Everyone we meet has a reason for being there at that particular time. This year, I was drawn to the Camino, to Spain, again. I had absolutely no plans and just went with what unfolded….a new liberation and a way of life I’ve continued. There is no pressure, no expectations, and I’ve discovered it opens the world up so much.
I met some fantastic people this year, and every day, I think about how lucky I have been. Old friends are always there and my new friends have shown me that there is always room for more.
Weird circumstances pulled a whole new circle of friends together in Santiago this year. I’m sorry Patti Pie that you had to go through that traumatic experience to join our group but I’m so glad you did! How random that I should just bump into Sue Kenney in the street, that a taxi ride would lead to an incredible friendship with Gonzalo, that it would also lead to meeting the gorgeous Tanya with the biggest heart I know, that I should invite a complete stranger to share my apartment in Redondela and end up great friends, that I should create some wonderful memories living in the Blue Mountains for a couple of months and hanging out with those gorgeous Argentinian’s.
I’ve had some fabbo times this year and I look forward now to seeing what unfolds as I radically change my life again and move to Spain for 3 months (hopefully more if I can manage it)
I’m excited to see what’s next and I’m absolutely filled to the brim with gratitude for this life and all who share it with me. To those who are having tough times, I wish you continued strength and send a huge hug. Yes, life goes on. It’s easier for some but you will always have my support.