Thank you Lotty. See you later.

Serendipity – Finding something good without looking for it.

I have never been good at goodbyes. Never. I suck and as I have gotten older I have realised that goodbyes never get any easier.
Even writing this post is making me emotional. I am dreading having to say goodbye to you Lotty, I really am. I am dreading having to step foot on that plane and leave this place, and leave you, for a while at least. Last time it was hard to say goodbye. Like the time you dropped me off at the train station, and headed back down south and I knew I wouldn’t see you for other a month or so. Or that time that you and your dad dropped me off back at Sandra and Andy’s place after our night at the casino and I stood at the gate, waving and watching you drive down the road. That was hard, but I knew it wasn’t going to be long before I saw you again.

This time, well I don’t know when the next time will be. There’s no guarantee is there really. I know I will see you though, and fairly soon. It just won’t be as easy. There’s quite a big distance between Australia and England isn’t there. I will be back though, I know I will and one of the first thing’s I’ll do is come and find you. Where ever you happen to be. So yes, this isn’t goodbye, this isn’t the end of our friendship. It’s just the end of this chapter.
Thank you though Lotty, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. There’s not enough words I could use to thank you for everything you have done for me and for being one of the reasons behind my year’s trip around Australia being so darn wonderful and amazing.

Like you have said, and I too, there is no way to predict the future or what will happen in either of our lives, but I can promise you one thing, a life long friendship with me. No matter where I am in the world, or how far away, or what the time difference is, I will always be there for you. You can’t get rid of me that easily. šŸ˜‰ I’ll always be there to offer you an ear or a shoulder to cry on, or to offer you assurance or support when you need it the most. Or to share a joke with you or a stupid video on Facebook.

I’ll be there to share all your amazing mile stones like when you become a qualified chef, or if you happen to meet the person of your dreams, or even if you win the jackpot at the casino. šŸ˜„ And you will be one of the first people that I tell once I finally pass my driving test, or that I am going to be living in Australia full time because someone took a chance on me. Or that I got some writing published in a really prestigious publication. Whatever it is, big or small, I’ll let you know.

I’ve heard it said many times that people come into your life for a reason and that everybody that you met serves some form of purpose to your personal growth. They are either a blessing or a lesson. Well Lot, I think it’s more than safe to say that you were a definite blessing in mine, but you also might have served as a lesson too in some way. Depending on how you look at it anyway.
Hanging out with you every day has taught me that there are people out there, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, your background, age etc, who you can just meet and things just effortlessly click into place. Who you can build a strong friendship with, without neither of you wanting or needing something off the other one and you can help serve the other person to grow. And that age really doesn’t matter. I mean, whenever we hung out, it never felt like there was a nine year age gap between us. Except when maybe conversations of childhood came up. šŸ˜‚ And you are definitely far more domesticated than me. šŸ’šŸ» It’s ok though, when I go back home I’ll make sure I learn how to clean a toilet and properly clean a bath room and shower. šŸ˜‰
I met many wonderful people out here in Australia, but I can hands down say that you were the one that I am most pleased that I met. You’ve taught me how to cook, you taught me how to really push and strive for a dream and you’ve taught me how to be unapologetically myself in such a judgemental world amongst many other things. You dress and look how you want to look (and you look great by the way, like you really pull it off) and don’t give into the conformities of what society tells us how to dress, or how to look, think, feel, behave etc. Sometimes I wish I could be more carefree like that, just like you and even look great in the process. To be honest, I just really love the way you look at the world, how you think and feel, you have inspired me in many ways.

I know you said to me in a letter that I brought many things to your life too, and I’ll always be honoured that just by being myself and being a part of your life for a fairly short amount of time, that I could give you something too.

And who can forget the adventures, experiences and road trips we have managed to cram in, within nine months? I mean, we saw whales swimming freely across the ocean, we travelled up the West Coast of Australia together, you were the one who was waiting for me at the bottom on the beach after I fulfilled a life long dream of mine to sky dive, we went to Albany together and saw some ‘blowies,’ we went exploring down some caves, we walked across some gigantic trees and held a baby crocodile in Darwin. You even showed me around your home town. Not to mention all the little road trips and expeditions around Lake A and KV and that’s not even half of all the adventures that we have gotten up to this past year.

Thanks to you, I now have some amazing experiences and memories to look back on from my first trip out to Australia – as well as for life, and I know that I have helped you to awaken that travel bug within you and have inspired you to more adventures and moments that will last a life time too I’m sure. And hey, I’m sure we will have many more journeys and memories together to come, one day.

Thank you for being the most amazing travel buddy, person in general and by just being you and being a really good person to me. I don’t know why I was so lucky and fortunate to meet you, but I am so glad I did meet you. You are one of kind Lotty, a special, rare gem that’s hard to find, and I’m glad you walked into my life.
Now let’s make the most of our final day together, for a while at least.

Bring on the next load of adventures, I can’t wait to make more funny and amazing memories with you. šŸ˜„

Your friend for a life time,

And now for a pic spam of some of our times together, because who doesn’t love seeing lots of photos of their face. šŸ˜‰šŸ˜‚

Ps no matter what happens: 

“Years from now I hope that we’re still in each other’s lives.”


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