I have been on this trip for 6 months now and so far it’s just about all been fantastic, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. However the last few weeks haven’t been up to the previous standard.
The two weeks before I ended up in the hospital, I hadn’t really done much, hadn’t had a desire to do much and didn’t have any of my usual desire to go new places and see new things. Then I ended up being ill, culminating with the hospital stay.
Basically what happened was once the Australian Open finished, which had my complete attention for 2 weeks, instead of shifting my attention onto something else I just slipped into some kind of slumber. I suppose this was bound to happen at some point on this trip, and since I’ve been in the same place for 6 weeks now it was probably inevitable here.
This trip is all about discovery and experiencing new things, I just had a momentary lapse of concentration I guess you could call it. The worse thing about it was I didn’t realize it was happening until I was in the hospital, time to think I suppose. After that I had to reconnect with something, so the evening after I was discharged from the hospital I sat on the floor of my room, the only place no one was around, pulled out the guitar and played around with it for a good few hours, by the end of my impromptu solo jam session I had written a complete song, something I haven’t done in a good year or two. And it was easier to write than anything I’ve written before. I reaffirmed the fact that I am a musician and a song writer, that I love doing it and that I am serious about it. Amazing what a few months absence of that from my life made me discover when I picked it up again in a focused way.
So after that reaffirmation, me other realization kicked in full gear and I started going into travel planning overdrive, and I do that very, very well.. hehehe. In one day I booked 3 flights, and made a basic outline of my next 2 1/2 months in Australia. I’m going to Tasmania in 3 weeks, back to Melbourne for the Grand Prix at the end off March and then off to Perth & Western Australia. I also have a list of all the things I want to do and see in Victoria while I’m still here, 3 weeks is enough time but I’m glad I came to this realization now and not in another week or two!
Ironically, after months of living in hostel dorms, most of the time not knowing where I would be 2 nights in the future, living out of a backpack, carrying said backpack around, dealing with people not speaking any English and all the other daily things that go along with travel I’m not sick of that stuff in the slightest, in fact I relish it. Sort of perversely it was the fact that I didn’t have to do most of those things the last few weeks that got to me. I got too comfortable and lost perspective.
Now I feel great, I have regained my appetite for exploration with vigor. I also get my permit to busk in the city this week, so I can spend the time I’m not off exploring the rest of Victoria, playing guitar and hopefully making a bit of cash. 6 months gone, 7 more to go, never been looking forward to it more.