Last week, Mark and I celebrated our departure with a big party. We traveled down to the Coromandel Peninsula with all of our friends and had the most amazing weekend filled with: Mexican food, wine and tapas, the odd board game, fun on the beach and of course a whole lot of cocktail making and partying. At the height of the party, this song came on. It’s a song that we’ve always played at our parties and seeing all our friends dancing together I just couldn’t help but think back on my time in New Zealand. When I first came to study in Auckland 10 years ago, I didn’t know anyone and I barely spoke English. I hadn’t even been here before! It was a tough first year but I stuck with it and, over time, my English got better, I started to meet new people, and New Zealand became my home.
When we first decided to move to Melbourne many people were shocked and asked us why we wanted to move. I mean – why would you leave your family, good jobs and great friends behind for the unknown? This may sound silly, but at the end of the day, it all came down to the simple fact that Mark and I were ready for a new adventure. We both knew deep inside that we needed to experience the world for a little while in order to grow and further ourselves. Now believe me, I’ve had many moments of panic in the last few weeks – waking up in the middle of the night, worrying whether we were making the right choice or the biggest mistake of our lives… but you know what? You can’t listen to your fears and let them take over your life. Yes, part of me is terribly sad to be leaving my home but another part of me is also incredibly excited at the thought of starting a new chapter in my life.
I also know that the friendships I have formed in New Zealand are strong and true. One day soon, we will see our friends again, have another big party and carry on our conversations as if no time had passed at all…
In the meantime, Haere Ra New Zealand and G’day Melbourne!
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
– Thomas Meeha