We all know the cliché saying - you don't know what you have until it's gone. After 26 and a half years of living in Melbourne, I need a change, badly. Let's just say - I wasn't overly appreciative of all that Melbourne had to offer. So I packed up everything and moved myself to London.
Now here I am, finding myself back in Melbourne after 3 years of living abroad. They say things never change when you come home. The streets haven't drastically changed. People haven't changed. I still know how to get myself around without thinking about it. Everything has just kept on going, as it was 3 years ago.
I had a lot of people warn me that the first time I came home would be the hardest. I definitely felt this when I came to visit over Christmas in 2014. I had changed so much, and the people around me had changed too, but in a different way to me. I guess our lifestyles weren't as matched anymore. I left Melbourne after this first trip certain that London was the right place for me, and that I'd possibly never move back home.
Something inside of me has changed this time. It's my second visit home, and I am appreciating my surroundings again - the familiarity of life here, the ease of getting around, the joy of being able to drive a car! The football, the weather (4 seasons in one day!), and my family and friends. I feel ready, for the first time in 3 years, to move back. A frightening, yet terrifying feeling.
So get ready Melbourne...we just might be seeing some more of each other soon.