Part 3 is about leaving Bunbury and arriving to Augusta, where the two oceans meet, and where the river meets the ocean. A meeting place for two giants: the INDIAN and the SOUTHERN ocean. It was there I began to really feel free inside, distant from so many negative things I experienced in the last 6 years living in Australia. So many strange people I have met, who in attempts to be polite and friendly, in the long run, were just hurting themselves. Honesty plays a huge part in our happiness. First and foremost, honesty to ourselves.
Part 4 was the most beautiful beaches and a completely silent winter experience, of deep happiness, surrender and inner silence. It was as if the same wind that cleansed my heart over in Augusta, now filled it with sunshine and power. To empower me to take the challenge, to move me forward into the place where I am now. Into a new adventure, to my masters degree. To prepare my soul and my mind, to want the adventure even more!
On the way back to Perth, I took the longer route. I had visited Kalgoorlie on my way, driving from Melbourne in January 2020. However, I didn’t get a chance to visit the mines. This time I took a tour around the big pit, and learned so much about how gold rocks are extracted from the earth, how they are crushed, and how gold is removed and purified. Is really an amazing process and a billion dollar industry. I even got a special permission to film during that tour – not everyone can!
This completes my two week holiday – my August of adventure in the South West. The colours of Australia are now memories deep in my soul. They remain places in my inner world, from where I will draw strength in challenging moments. Australia is a part of me now, a part of my identity that I can never give up and never will. Everyday in Europe is a gift, because we don’t know where things will go in the future.
I wonder sometimes, where my future lies, but I am glad to be a TCK with all that comes with it, the feelings of loneliness, lack of full attachment to one place to call it home. But also with the benefits of adaptability and finding joy even in the unusual, unknown and unfamiliar things. The interesting part is that I am partially Lithuanian too. I wonder how this part will play out in the first few months of adaptability.