So, this doing things differently initiative can be the precursor to creating lasting change AND it can also be a lot of fun.
For the past 30 days, I’ve been “actively socialising”. I’ve seen at least one friend per day and done something enjoyable with them – road trips, dinners, drinks, adventures, shopping, bus tours, boat tours, visiting tourist attractions, and so much more!
No, this is not something I am able to do very often. And, yes. It helps that I’ve been on vacation. I’ve spent the better part of the past month in Canada.
I love my trips back to the homeland mainly because they give me an opportunity to visit, reconnect, share, and make new memories with those dear friends of mine that I don’t see very often because they live there and I live in Australia.
I arrived in Canada on June 26th and left there on July 24th, losing a day across the international date line and arriving home on July 26th. In between, I had a fabulous time socialising with a wide variety of awesome folks who I have been lucky enough to form friendships with over the years.
I always try to learn from my “do it different” projects, so, what are the take-aways from 30 consecutive days of socialising?
Mine are these:
- I am blessed to be friends with such an amazing group of people and am truly humbled that they have chosen to befriend me.
- You think I’d be tired from so much activity, but the reality is that it is actually envigorating and I am pleased by the energy these interactions have provided. (I guess that means I am truly an extrovert)
- I miss these people dearly. Living so far away – too far to grab an occasional coffee, drink, or visit, puts different demands on a friendship – some survive. Some don’t. I’m happy to report that I’ve had few casualties in the decade I’ve lived here in Australia.
- Being on vacation is fun and necessary for ongoing sanity, especially when it shared with people you love.
- It’s easy to forget the influence these people have on my life when I’m back home in Australia. Seeing myself through their eyes does great things for my confidence, my outlook, and my sense of purpose and overall wellbeing.
- I am blessed to be able to afford in both time and money to do a trip like I just have. Much of that thanks goes to my wonderful husband who supports me in realising how important this is to me.
- I am now no longer just these people’s friend as I have now earned the title, “My friend from Australia”.
- To accomplish a lot and cram as much into 30 days of socialising as I did, takes lots of planning, a bit of flexibility to ensure that I maximise my time away,
- It’s fun to share little pieces of Australia with those back in Canada and vice versa. I feel like a true ambassador for both countries.
- At this age, I am still learning about my country, it’s towns, cities, history, changes… and it continues to fascinate me as I become prouder and prouder of my Canadian roots.
- I need to create a business that takes me back and forth either more often or for longer periods of time so that I can continue to reap the benefits of this dual citizenship. (Love to hear any ideas you have for this.)
- There is no feeling like the feeling of being home. Whether it’s being with the people who care about you, sleeping in your own bed or just the security of the familiar. Seeing the world is great (and I highly recommend it), but the comforting feeling of being home is one that goes straight through to the heart.
Now that I’m back, what should I do for the next 30 days?