My decision to travel across the world to meet someone I hadn't met before, would probably to some seem completely absurd, but it was a time in my life when everything was pushing me in the direction to make that decision. Sometimes we need to take risks that are out of the ordinary and out of our comfort zones to find what makes us happy, and for me it was escaping my safe, secure bubble in Sydney and venturing out into the unknown. It started in Vietnam, where I had a twelve hour stopover, being a young girl and by myself in a foreign country, I was to say the least, scared. Within an hour of being in the country I had gotten into a taxi with someone that wasn't an actual taxi driver and then into another where he stole money off me (unknowingly). Of course this scared me and after a little cry I picked myself back up and got ready for my next flight to London. No concerned opinions of others had deterred me from travelling to England, and neither would the loss of fifty pounds.
Seeing Charles waiting for me at Gatwick Airport was an amazingly weird experience, Especially since it was the first time meeting him. I recognised him, I knew him, I understood everything about him yet the person that was in front of me was new- it was strangely comforting. Together we explored London, Paris, Brighton and his home in the country side. This all opened my eyes to so many beautiful places and people. My trip was short and after two weeks I returned back home to Sydney where Charles followed months later and together we explored Australia together. Had I listened to the doubts of others, I probably wouldn't have experienced a live orchestra under the Eiffel Tower, experiencing love for the first time, or watching Charles scuba dive on the ocean floor of The Great Barrier Reef whilst I frantically doggy paddle away from a school of fish. It was all because I took a risk, that lead to such profound experiences and the happiness that I have today.