Last week started off with the Australia Day long weekend, which I made extra long by visiting friends down in Warrnambool (three hours west of Melbourne). It is a gorgeous place - a cute little town with so much going for it! The friend we were staying with was an excellent tour guide and showed us all the good spots, including a night on the Great Ocean Road. We crammed a lot into almost five days!
|^ The beaches down there were like paradise (pity it was a bit too cool for me to swim) ^|
|Port Fairy marina|
|^ We spotted the most adorable koalas ^|
|^ Every park should have an adults-only flying fox ^|
|^ At the Twelve Apostles ^|
Mitch picked me up from the airport afterwards and on the drive back home I was having some Thoughts. The friends that I spent the weekend with are the ones I lived with at uni, but are at different places in life from me now. They are all about travel and adventure, activity and experience; I guess quintessentially being 'young' and single. Whereas I'm at the point of looking for security and comfort in my near future - job, home, family. Putting down roots. And so I was rambling my thoughts to Mitch in the car: why don't we want to go backpacking around South America? Shouldn't we be doing young and crazy things? Being spontaneous and impetuous? Are we being boring and safe? Don't we both have those crazy things we used to like and want?
Mitch listened patiently while I finished rambling. As we pulled up outside our place, he turned to me in the car and said simply that it's because your priorities change. When you meet someone, that someone, your priorities change. Doing those things just aren't as important anymore, just aren't worth the cost. The most important thing is your family (your family of two, and your future family of more) and looking after them in the best way possible. Putting down roots . And then I realised that of course it was true. What I was struggling to articulate was so simple and straightforward to him. That was the answer, and I realised that I'm so happy and lucky to have found that someone who changes my priorities.