January 26, 2012 by NH
It’s the eve of the eve of my 30th birthday, so forgive me if I indulge in some reflection in this Australia Day post.
These are some of the things I’m proud to have done/understood/achieved/left behind since my 20th birthday:
- Finishing my manuscript. If I hadn’t finished writing it last year, I’d still be mooching around, angsting, wondering, obsessing over what I might be capable of. More than usual, anyway.
- Maintaining a relationship for longer than six months. For a while I thought this was beyond me.
- Being a journalist. I remember the day I got my first business card … I smiled. A lot.
- Moving to Sydney on my own. I did it. It was hard, but I did it, and for a while, I made it work.
- Leaving Sydney.
- Changing my hair colour every six months or so. I like what that says about me.
- Learning to love to run.
- Perfecting my pancake, spaghetti Bolognese and salmon with mashed potato recipes.
- Holding brilliant house parties.
- Letting go of men who were bad for me.
- Leaving men when I knew I was bad for them.
- Buying a piano. One of the best things I’ve ever done.
- Falling out of a plane.
- Meeting and interviewing Tim Freedman from The Whitlams while on assignment for a transport magazine.
- Turning down two job offers from The Courier-Mail.
- Understanding my limits … then pushing past them. This is a trait that defines me. I’m proud of much of my fearlessness.
- Telling the truth because I thought it was right, even when it wasn’t in my best interest.
- Learning to salsa dance.
- Visiting Uluru.
- Traveling from Darwin to Adelaide on The Ghan.
- Hanging out with my sister on road trips, right across Australia.
- Finishing Atlas Shrugged. That was a mission.
- Buying my red Fiat 500. I love that car like I love my cat.
- Adopting a cat. Bones is the best cat and I love him.
- Being a magazine editor at the age of 23.
- Delivering an academic paper to a room full of hostile arseholes in England.
- Buying a hammock.
- Moving in with Monday, my best friend, and maintaining a relationship with him for the past four-and-a-half years.
- Making my friends and family my priority.
- Writing this blog with the other Gooddaytoyou-ers.