Summer is, unfortunately, coming to an end here in Australia.
The weather is cooling, university has started again, and cozy sweaters have filled store front windows. It feels a lot like autumn back home. Just without the change of color in the leaves or the pumpkin spice lattes.
It’s bittersweet to feel summer slowly slip away. I’m already missing the heat, blazing sunshine and those intense tropical thunderstorms – and it’s not even over yet. But there is something about the start of a new season that inspires me and fills me with hope. Maybe it’s something to do with a forced change we all must go through, together, but separately. We all must let summer go and prepare for the (thankfully) mild winter.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time these days researching and applying for jobs that will hopefully lead to sponsorship. But landing a job that will sponsor is not easy. This is not an accident of course if it were easy every Working Holidayer would stay and never leave Australia. But I embrace the challenge, the unpredictability of my life keeps me on my toes and makes things a little more exciting. It also drains and frustrates the hell out of me, but that’s all a part of the package. During the times when nothing seems to be working and moving back to Canada feels like the only plausible option, I remind myself of the quote ‘anything worth having doesn’t come easy.’
Remembering this feels like a jolt of hard-hitting determination to keep me going.
This month’s quotes of inspiration follow no theme or agenda. They’re just beautiful words woven together by other people out there who have felt the same sentiments as me, it’s like they took the words right out of my mouth.
Happy first day of March!
“Time can be slowed if you live deliberately. If you stop and watch sunsets. If you spend time sitting on porches listening to the woods. If you give in to the reality of the seasons.”
– Thomas Christopher Greene
“We are not entitled to pain-free, trouble-free life. Embracing this will ease the collision between expectation and reality.”
– John Piper
“It’s that thing when you’re with someone and you love them and they know it and they love you and you know it but it’s a party and you’re both talking to other people and you’re laughing and shining and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes. But not because you’re possessive, or it’s precisely sexual, but because that is your person in this life and it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end and it’s this secret world that exists right there. In public. Unnoticed. That no one else knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s what I want out of a relationship.”
“It is an art of the most exquisite kind to touch someone’s soul before touching their skin.”