Moving on up and moving on out

The daily prompt says Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

My first day living on my own…holy heck that was an interesting experience.  I grew up in normal every day run of the mill suburbia, had a bit of time in my first ever version on Country Town, moved around a fair bit, managed to go to seven different schools over the years, went to university  and lived with my dad during those four years…then I escaped!!!

I think escaped is the right word for this context!  I escaped suburbia, I haven’t lived in suburbia for more than a couple of months at a time (and that’s only been a couple of times) since January 4th, 1999.  I escaped capital cities, I escaped huge shopping centres, I escaped traffic, I got a job and up and left.

I didn’t do the normal finish university, get a teaching job around the corner, in the next suburb, in the same city…no I moved to a cattle station 3,000km (1,864 miles) away from all my friends and all my family and this was when there was no mobile phone reception there (there  probably still isn’t), there was no internet connection there (there probably is now), there was no such thing as Facebook or Twitter and the only ways to reach my family were either through the pay phone, which required coins, or to write a letter…and the mail was delivered once a week.

The cattle station was 100km (62 miles) from the nearest town.  Getting from my family to there required three plane flights…each plane getting smaller and smaller…actually it should have been three plane flights, but being January and being in the north of Australia it was the middle of wet season so when I got to the nearest town there was a message saying the station manager couldn’t pick me up as the road was too wet and I would be flown in the next day…um okay…queue some internal frantic panic.  Thankfully a teacher from the school in town was sitting next to me on the flight and she said I could stay with her and she knew the pilot for the next morning.

So my first day living on my own was spent travelling and getting nowhere in a sense, I didn’t even get to my destination.

The next morning there’s an even smaller plane, a 4 seater!!!  That was bad enough, it got a million times worse when the pilot said, “Watch your feet love you might touch the pedals.”  SAY WHAT!!!  Holy crap I moved my feet that quickly.  Then a while later the pilot said, “Can you see where you’re living?”  All I saw was green mixed with water…I didn’t see any sign of human life until we finally got lower and I could see two houses and a few other buildings.  Then to land on a tiny little home-made runway, in an empty paddock after going only a few metres over the fence, oh dear god I was seriously worried and out of my comfort zone then.

Things have changed a bit in the last almost 15 years…I’m still escaped from suburbia, but it was a huge first day!

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