Thank you to everyone that I have engaged with this year. To those I have known for years through this site and those that I have only just got to know, thank you for making my experience as a blogger so enjoyable. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
I look forward to continuing this hobby throughout 2019 and to keep growing as a blogger and sharing my experiences as I spend my final months in Australia before making my way home.
This morning I checked out of my current hostel and into a new one as it was way cheaper for this specific week. I am working later today too so I got packed early and made my way there, roughly a 15 minute walk up the road. As I was crossing the final set of traffic lights towards the hostel I noticed a girl walking from one of the rooms externally towards the reception. She was alone in a red dress and it looked like she was crying. I was unsure however and as we were coming from two directions I made it into the reception before her. I didn’t want to turn around and just stare at her to confirm this but I did glance over after putting my heavy bags down at the desk as she walked towards the elevator in the lobby. As the doors closed I could clearly see she was crying and was looking directly at me. I didn’t know who it was, or if I would see her again. I wondered what it was about, but I strongly assumed that she was missing her family back home.
As I was checking in with the receptionist the elevator doors opened. She walked back out and stood in line behind me. Now knowing she was clearly upset, I asked if she was okay. She simply nodded whilst holding back the tears. She wasn’t British, however could speak it but because she was upset it was hard to tell how much she knew. I asked her if she was missing family and she kind of confirmed it by nodding again and telling me she was travelling. I knew she was in a safe environment and was about to speak to the reception desk (the person behind the desk looked like a manager to me) so I simply told her I hope she has a Merry Christmas and that I hope she was okay. She said Merry Christmas back to me and I headed back into the CBD, where I am typing this now.
It was very sad to see and because I didn’t know her I didn’t really know what else to do. I feel better knowing that I spoke to her instead of just ignoring her sadness and there isn’t really anything I can do to help anyway. I am heading to work now but would have probably asked if she wanted to hang out. But knowing hostels, people are very sociable and friendly in nature anyway, and I imagine especially on Christmas. I will probably see her again at some point in the next seven days, hopefully.
It is a very hard time for some people, especially people traveling without family and possibly for the first time. But hostels are filled with people doing the exact same thing, which can be a big morale booster. In fact I am looking forward to working today because I will be with friends, all in this same boat together. I try to remind myself as well that although I am away from my family this Christmas, they are safe. There are always people having a much worse Christmas than us and having that perspective helps me to be grateful of the life I have. News of the recent Tsunami in Indonesia is a very recent and tragic example, sometimes the worst moments strike at the times we want to be happy the most.
So with that in mind, I am extremely grateful that my family and I are well. I am working today, but I have a job. This job provides a roof over my head. Today’s technology means that despite being so far from home I can talk to them the moment I finish work, as if they are right there next to me. It must have been very hard to spend Christmas away from home back in the day, or during a war. We are very, very lucky.
So to the girl in the red dress, as sad as you’re feeling right now today is a great day, even if it doesn’t seem so at this moment. You are young and healthy and despite not being with your family they are there waiting for you. You will see them again and it will be awesome. Today is the one day that will hit you harder than most on your travels, but there are 364 other fun days that you are currently experiencing on a trip that you will remember for a lifetime. Sometimes the sad days are a small sacrifice for a much more enriched and lived life of travel and adventure.
And as much as I do miss my family in this Christmas period, they are coming out to see me in January. I have always thought that instead of going home for Christmas, them coming out to see me will be a much more fun experience. Again, not seeing them today is a small sacrifice in the long term. We are all about to have the holiday of a lifetime.
Sometimes it is best to see life this way. Certain decisions seem like bad ones in the present, but over time will prove to be the right one. It is hard to change our mentality with this in mind however knowing that the happiness and benefits of this decision await us is enough to see us through.
And with that, have a very Merry Christmas and if it isn’t so merry, think of a time coming up in which you know it will be. And if you can’t think of one, there is no better reason to work towards one today.
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