It’s hard to believe that for the past week, I’ve been waking up across the country. Nine months ago I set a goal for myself to step outside of my comfort zone and start chasing my dreams. I pushed through the planning, the applications, the interviews and the never-ending list of tasks and documents to get where I am right now, this beautiful country of Australia.
One goal got me here and having multiple goals throughout this journey is what encourages me to live up the little time I have here. Here is a list of the goals and aspirations I have while in Australia and my plans to achieve these goals:
One goal is to appreciate the culture, the behaviors and the traditions of the aboriginals and the natives of Sydney. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the foreign country but being embedded in the culture and embracing the diversity is what allows me to develop as an individual. The people of Australia are proud of their strong diversity and the history of their country; accepting their individuality gives me a new perspective on culture and appreciation of tradition.
I find it easy to compare normalities here to normalities in America. Working the oven was foreign, grocery shopping was a struggle and may I mention people walk on the left side of the sidewalk. There is a tremendous amount of trust and I feel safer alone in this big city than I do in my small southern town. My goal is to be practice mindfulness in everyday tasks - walking to class or riding the bus, cooking my meals and dining out, when I exercise outside or visit the beaches. These are all tasks that people do mindlessly everyday and my goal is to reflect during these moments on the fact that I’m doing these activities across the country and with people who do them differently than me. How does doing these tasks shape my perspective of Australia? How does it alter my perspective of American?
My goal is to find the balance between work and play. I am in this foreign country and it feels like a vacation because of the living arrangements and the rush of being in a new place with twenty of my new friends. It’s easy to get distracted wanting to do everything and have fun - but I am only here for a little amount of time and I want to make the most of it. The time will fly so dedicating effort to my studies and pre-planning activities will allow me to see what I want to see, do what I want to do and live the trip of a lifetime to its maximum potential.
I plan to go with the flow of life in Australia to emerge myself in the experience and not be merely a tourist. Between my extensive bucket list and personal goals I hope to achieve a greater appreciation, a mindful perspective and a balanced lifestyle during these next three months.