"My Life is Beautiful"
On my last day in Brisbane I woke up in a crappy mood. I don’t know why (bahaha, false), but for whatever reason, I did. I was lonely, and just felt so over this whole travel thing. I wanted to be back in sunny Melbourne, and not in rainy, I-don’t-know-anyone, Brisbane.
But nonetheless I dragged myself to the beach. Anything to get out of the hostel! I was bitter, lonely, and despite being in a new, fantastic place, I felt sorry for myself. I know, I know *shaking head.*
By the time I had gotten to the beach, the sun had slipped slightly through the clouds. Well, enough to convince me to place my towel on the sand and plonk my butt down and continue my party for one.
After about 20 minutes, as I was staring out at the big, blue, sea with just me, myself & I, a young French couple walked past and placed their beach things a few metres away from me. But before sitting down to enjoy the slither of sun, the guy turned to me and said, “we’re going in. Come too?”
This random stranger’s invitation to join him and his girlfriend in the ocean took me by surprise and I responded a mumbled, “oh? no. Thanks though, but no no, I’m fine.” And then he and she insisted. Twice. Three times. “Okay.” I’m not sure what changed my mind, perhaps their complete enthusiasm to go swimming, or my boredom, but suddenly I was taking off my sun dress, and getting ready to go swimming.
On Sara’s command, the three of us ran into the water and saw who could dive under without hesitation (I lost), and then there we stood, waist deep, and chatting about the common things travellers do (home country, age, name, where you going? how long? where you been? etc.). And as the conversation slowed down, the clouds moved on, and sun moved into full view, Alex threw his arms into the air, looked at the horizon and said, “my life is beautiful.”
"My life is beautiful," my goodness, what a line. It was truly a pleasure to see this couple living in the moment, but more importantly being so appreciative of their opportunities. It was the swift kick in the ass I needed to wake up, open my eyes and look around, because absolutely, life is beautiful. My life is beautiful, and I am truly so thankful for everything I’ve go to do & experience so far.