The sun glistens. And as the world comes alive once more, I too slip into a rhythm.
Foot to pavement, I amble towards the sand; my morning ritual, if you will. I lap the shoreline with a podcast in tow, soaking up sunshine and nuggets of wisdom, in equal measure.
I’ve been here for over 8 months. That’s 243 days in this glorious country.
I’m sorry – what? To say time has ticked past at the speed of light is an understatement. I feel like I’ve both been here forever, yet barely at all. What an odd sensation that is.
Side note: I actually wrote a MASSIVE post for you guys. But as fate had it, my hosting expired several hours later and I lost everything I wrote (circa 3000 words). Wah. I rang GoDaddy (whose customer support is epic) and was told I’d need to fork out hundreds of dollars to keep this blog and all of its content.
One hour later, and hundreds of dollars lighter – I wasn’t so motivated to pen my life story in another blog post. Life you enigmatic codger, you got me this time.
So, here we are. I often laugh at the following statement; ‘A lot is changing in my life’.
You’ll smirk, perhaps it’s because I say that quite a lot. But one thing’s for sure, my life is forever changing. Always moving, always twisting and forever turning. Sometimes the changes are unwanted – inconvenient little buggars – but I learn to welcome them nonetheless.
Everything felt small, increasingly irrelevant. The doctor smiled – out of politeness, presumably. ‘It looks abnormal, but can you tell me this – has it always sat raised on your skin?’. The knots in my stomach tugged a little tighter. And as the faintness took hold, I asked if I could lie down, before my body did it for me.
I couldn’t sleep for weeks. Melanoma, I Googled. Damn phone. I shouldn’t have done that. My self-diagnosis via Web MD made matters worse. I succumbed to panic mode, but you were there.
A man of your word, I suppose I needed you more than I ever knew. Heck, do I love you for you.
It wasn’t cancerous (thank you Lord), but the scar reminds me of the frailty of life. It makes me smile too, even on the other side of the world, I’m reminded how beautiful it is to share my life with you – and Truffy.
So – hello from me. I guess you could say, I’m back.