Leaving the comfort zone to fulfill a childhood dream: the reason why I am now in Australia for an indefinite period!
During our childhood, we have a lot of dreams. We are not yet formatted to reality as we are as adults, and every dream seems possible and reachable. That’s the reason why children are full of stars when they discover something new. By growing up, “we go” with the flow: we go to school, get graduated, we work, get a flat, get married, buy a house, have children, … and we’re getting more and more used to live in an automated way.
What about our childhood dreams? Why didn’t we make them come true? Wasn’t it magic to have BIG dreams in our early ages?
In my life, I did exactly what I described here above: I went with the flow… I had really good job conditions: I was proposed a long-term contract with a good package and I was also a freelancer who was proposed a beautiful 1-year contract with top-notch wworking conditions in Paris. My career was on the edge to takeoff (if it wasn’t already …) … until I realised that something was missing. A singular childhood dream came over and over again, like a stone that comes over and over again in the shoe. It was about going to Australia! I was always fascinated about this country and its nature (the regular readers would have read another one of my article where I talk about my first map. Furthermore, this country was a fascination as it is faraway and hence feeding furthermore mysteries and dreams. I talked about this dream everytime, in the same way Truman did for the Fiji Islands in the Truman Show! The thing that blocked me most was my comfort zone back in Belgium and the lack to dare.
I have taken great courage and I left behind my confort zone back in Belgium to jump over lands and oceans straight to Australia.
I am now on a VISA that makes it possible to work and I am trying hard to get into the Australian GIS market. I am quite in a precarious situation as for now, I am only spending with no revenue.
What a challenge when knowing I had great opportunities served on a plate in Belgium!
We now live in a world where (almost) everything is possible and we are not always aware of it. Some dreams are easy to fulfill, other demands more courage, and other seems almost impossible. Why not, sometimes, minimize the things that are holding us back and make something “crazy” we dreamt about for ages?
As a conclusion, I would say that we always have to remember what Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president in Liberia, said:
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough”