Cairns: Under the Sea

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End May 31, 2008

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Flying in one day, waiting for another, diving three times the next, once the day after that and promptly flying out again does not happy ears make. It does, however, a glee-filled squeeing idiot of a girl make me.

It's strange to watch the videos I took (renting an underwater digital camera - smartest idea EVER) and feel like I'm watching someone else. My ecstatic insides are plastered so obviously on the outside (my favourite being when I turn the camera to myself numerous times to show Just How Excited I AM!!!!!) and it gives me this disconcerting - though not negative - feeling of pride in being able to give that excited glee-filled girl this experience she is so obviously enjoying. I can't really explain the distinct split of personalities I felt while watching the excitement on my own face. Again, disconcerting but nothing to write my shrink about. ;)

As you get older (and yes, I know I'm not that old) it gets more difficult to uproot yourself - even for me, ladies and gentlemen - and haul ass across the globe. I was pretty comfortably and firmly entrenched in a lifestyle I found satisfying and enjoyable. I turned down opportunities, both personal and professional, to come out here and live a dream even if I had no idea where that dream would lead me. It was both terrifying and exhilerating to shed all the restraints of my "real life" and run amok to the other side of the world. Exhilerating but still terrifying.

Watching these videos and not even recognizing myself for all the pure joy in my face, I am so thankful I uprooted my sorry old arse, gave up comfort and stability and gave in to uncertainty and adventure. It was the best decision I could have made.

Enjoy the pictures!! Yes, there are MANY and more of Sydney to come.

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