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We went for drinks and ended up at a divorce party…

I didn’t even know this was a thing. But it is and it seems to be a very fun thing. The silver lining I guess to what is no doubt a stressful time in anyone’s lives, and who doesn’t want a drink after stress?

I met up with two friends from my farming days that are currently in Melbourne. This is what I loved about the farmwork portion of my Australian experience, I made so many friends working in the fields and in the working hostel up in northern Queensland and have kept in contact with many. In fact, I have bumped into these fellow backpackers in pretty much every destination I have been too since, whether it was planned or unexpectedly walking down the street. I have said Australia is a very small country in this sense. With 25 million people stuck around the edges of the country it isn’t a surprise we constantly bump into each other from time to time.

Three of us went to a bar called Fathers Office, a nice rooftop bar in the city centre with a good happy hour. Naturally with happy hours we struggled to find a table, although one section that looked like a private event had an empty high table and we went for it. A girl and guy came over to us and I thought they were going to ask us to leave, instead they gave us each a toy soldier…

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Mine was the one on the left, the more aggressive one. I later found out that I would much rather have had the one on the right as when the guy giving us the figures shouted ‘atteeeeeeeeennnnntion!!!‘ throughout the evening, we had to pose like our figures. The loser had to take a drink, or finish the drink if it was almost done. It could have been a lot messier but they seemed to be a sensible bunch, or already drunk enough.

What we were told was that the man and woman with ‘Just Divorced’ banners around them were just that. Freshly divorced, but they were not divorced from each other. In fact they had recently divorced with their exes and were soon to be marry each other. It was a pretty beautiful story really, and we joined in celebrating.

I really couldn’t allow you to see the very first challenge without having my blog suspended or something…

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And here they are, the couple this post is all about. It is funny how these things just happen, not the party I am sure there was some planning involved. I just mean turning up for a couple of chilled drinks, turning right instead of left and down the stairs to the outdoor section and a whole different kind of night takes place. It is the butterfly effect really, one small decision can put us on a completely different path and sometimes, on a one full of laughs and good people. I wish all paths seemed to take this route.

Anyways, I am pleased these guys found each other and I wish them all the best moving forward. Thanks for the hangover and introducing me to a party I didn’t know I needed in my life.

 


 

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  1. I threw a party for my “anti-versary”–on the date of my wedding anniversary, but post-divorce. A man I thought was cute came, asked me out for dinner and we’ve been together ever since. The party was 14 years ago, but because we’re weird we didn’t get married until this past October. Divorce parties can be super-positive things!

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  2. Your post reminds me of my year travelling. I really enjoyed reading it thank you. I have since learnt that not all of us are so open to these spontaneous experiences that the universe throws at us but if we embrace them, as you did, living in the moment and going with what is placed infront of you rather than the evening you had planned, those are often the most random, most memorable moments which we treasure the most dearly. It is sad to think some would have said “keep your soldiers and go party somewhere away from me”. It is nice to know there are others out there simular to me, going with the flow! P.S. I had a divorce party with my friends, it was a very memorable evening, it should be celebrated as the end of a chapter and the start of a new story.

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    • Glad this reminded you of your own experiences 🙂 I do feel some of the best moments I have had were rather at times I would have least expected, and it helps me to say ‘yes’ more than ‘no’. And regarding your own party of this nature, good on you for seeing such an event as the start of a new story. The world needs this kind of optimism 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words!! It really is great to read. I never heard of it either but was pleased to be a part of it… it is weird to say, but I would recommend it! Haha.

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    • Well these guys were marrying each other and separating from other people, which is easier. However if there are people out there partying with each other before separating, that is courage for sure!!

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