Today’s Loremistress is a special Australia Day edition!!! I’ll return to the Seven Deadly Sins tomorrow – but this is just my thoughts on Australia and how lucky I am to live here.
I was driving in my Jeep (I love my Jeep. She’s a gorgeous all black 2013 Wrangler with both Hard and Soft top. Very much a ‘me’ car. Wanted one of these for YEARS, so glad that I bought her.) back from taking the Husband his lunch and I realized just how damned lucky I am to be living here.
Australia really is a lucky country. I compare my life to what it was like 10 years ago, and I’m just amazed at the changes and how much better things have been for me.
For comparison’s sake:
Ten years ago, in 2004, I was working for H&R Block in the USA for 6 months stretches at a time doing tax preparation after having been convinced to do it by my mom. I had been on my very first Great Australian Adventure™ and was madly in love with Husband. I was furiously working and saving and trying my hardest to ensure I had enough money to go back for another visit after Tax Season. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and I didn’t even know at that point if I wanted to spend the rest of it with the Husband. I was an avid Neverwinter Nights player and modder as well. In a lot of ways I was struggling with some pretty severe depression, and had no idea who I was, or anything like that. I had very few people I would consider ‘friends’, and I was very insular.
Fast Forward 10 years:
I have a career now, in the IT industry. I have a few certifications in mind that I’m considering going for after things settle down. I’m working in a place that is pretty damned awesome (ok, so it’s only going into the third week, but I feel like my personality and HG ‘mesh’). I’m married to the Husband (and have been for 8 years… 9 in October!) in May I will have been in Australia for 8 years. I’m a Permanent Resident, still working on my citizenship (I keep forgetting >.<). I’m an avid World of Warcraft player (I’m addicted to gaming, I admit it!) and I’ve rediscovered my muses through this little exercise that I’ve been doing since the beginning of the year. Now, I’m happy, I have a career, my Husband is awesome™, and I’ve even started to do that mysterious thing of ‘making friends’ (I’m apparently decent at it, but I’m terrible at keeping in touch. I’m working harder at that).
Maturity, along with being in a country that’s given me the opportunity to thrive and grow (and as much as it pains me to say this, I wouldn’t have been able to do this to the extent I have in the US) and the love of a wonderful man who has let me have as long a lead as I need to stretch my wings have all combined to help me become who I am today. Stacy Ann Liggett was such a different person to Stacy Ann Thomas, it’s almost shocking. I look the same, but personality wise I think some people would be shocked compared to how I was 10 years ago.
It’s funny, but in some ways I feel like my 20s were my teenage years and now I’m going through my 20s.
I’ve totally digressed however, I must admit. I love Australia, and on this Australia Day, I just want to say that loud and proud. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi and all that J Maybe this time next year I’ll finally have gotten off my ass and gotten my citizenship sorted, hahaha!