To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde
At this point, I was desperate for money, so I started working in the hostel for free accommodation and took on any other jobs I could get.
My mum asks me to send her a postcard from wherever I go, and every time she receives them, she gives me a call and tells me how excited she is that I have visited yet another country on my list. She keeps count of the number of countries I've seen and is my biggest supporter when it comes to getting out there and making the most of it, no matter how much she misses me while I'm away.
It was the perfect trip to get away from everything and everyone I knew, out of my comfort zone and into the open and unknown. I questioned everything I’d envisioned for myself in the past and tried to imagine what I wanted from life in the future. I didn’t find an answer… until I got to New Zealand.
Finnish people love their summer and so do I. I enjoyed the long sunny days, bathing in the lake and warming up in their traditional sauna.
We found a flat on the first day and a job within a week. I did it—I moved to a new country on the other side of the world, found a job, and started a life! It was liberating to know I could do it.
Home is my love, but New Zealand is my mistress, or maybe more—I’m still deciding if I prefer her long term.
Until you have explored this vast planet, how do you know you’re not meant for something or somewhere else?
I’d given it my best shot, but nothing was working out. Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination, and that’s when I booked my flight to Australia.