‘Bye ‘Bye Sydney
‘Together in Electric Dreams’ played on iTunes as I packed my first moving box. Apt considering I came to Sydney to pursue my dream of being a journalist and, like so many before me, wound up in PR because it pays more.
My first year in Sydney was the hardest of my life. I was on $27,500 pa, I lived in the dingiest flat this side of the ghetto and I’d broken up with my first love. I drank 5L goon (cheap), went for a lot of long walks (free) and cried everyday on the way home from work (self-indulgent).
Nearly 10 years later, I am stronger, tougher and (hopefully) smarter. I’ve had more jobs than I can count on both hands and a foot, have loved, lost, and loved again, and have lived with flatmates, a partner and finally, by myself.
I’ve been to lots of launch parties, worn pretty dresses and talked to celebrities. I have had the privilege of glamour and access to worlds that I didn’t even know existed.
Sydney has become a map of memories. Kisses here, dancing there. Meetings up there, parties down here. What an adventure it has been discovering who I am in the midst of all this sparkly stuff.
I’m certain now of my country girl-ness. The place where I am happiest has open skies, friendly faces and living things; gardens, trees, chooks.
I’m so grateful to this city for showing me so much of life – for beating and polishing me up. So, my darling Sydney, this song goes out to you:
‘We’ll always be together
However far it seems
(Love never ends)
We’ll always be together
Together in Electric Dreams’
Do you ever want to make a big change? Where do you want to go?