I like afternoon naps and crispy leaves and coconuts. I like singing wonderwall around fire pits and borrowing baggy jumpers from the ones I love. I like people who live in cottages and knit all day. I like empty beaches and funky socks. I like foreign films and fresh bread and flannelette sheets. I like gentleman in nice shoes and giraffes. I like hot towels and heavy blankets and warm hugs. I like letters and laughter and lemon tarts. I like Meryl Streep, Monet and mangoes on the back of a ute. I like Nutella on croissants and trampolines at night. I like old polaroids and orange roses. I like patchwork blankets, pretty pictures and pajamas. I like roadtrips and rain and rope swings in waterholes. I like sleeping in and warm tea and trumpet solos. I like it when people talk about their passion and their whole face lights up with joy. I like watching people grow and learn. I like the sea and the air and the sun and the grass. I like sitting on the roof watching the sun go down and come back up. I like climbing trees and looking down and watching the world go by.
“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.”
“It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere.”