Words By Frou Williams.
What an adventure. What a story!
You've pulled me apart and put me back together in ways I never thought possible. A shinier, more gut friendly Froubie if you will.
If, we as humans think in metaphors and learn through stories then to be a storyteller to one small fragment of this thing we call the World Wide Web, this is my story.
When I left the UK it's fair to say I was running away. I guess you could say I was running away from myself. Absolutely heartbroken over the sudden shock of losing Nandog who alongside my wonderful Rodgie raised me and my darling brothers, I took myself off to one of the furthest possible places in the world where I can hand on my heart say I've experienced some of the best and worst moments of my life, a pendulum of extremes, travelled to some serious bucket list worthy places, laughed until I've almost peed (a little doesn't count right?!), met some of the greatest people and made life long friends, navigated through some of my loneliest and darkest days to date, battled with one gastroenterologist, medical issue and healthcare bill fiasco after another and not to mention completed about 50 gazillion different courses! (Gosh, the girl does love a course 😝)
During what were my most lonely and sheer 'what the hell are you doing' moments, I would often think back to the stories that Nandog would share with me and in particular how at the age of 21, packed up her little life in London, boarded a ship to go and live in the jungle in Borneo with her soon to be husband (my grandad) where they married, she went on to have 3 children and taught in the missions; suddenly my cushy Bondi beach life with regular Skype's back home didn't quite compare! 😉
She believed in the adventure, the sharing of stories and even in her final years went on to live through the telling of my own stories. I've learnt so much about life and myself in these last 15 months and now more than ever as I enter a new chapter, I am loving watching these stories unfold. So as the age old saying goes, "Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."
Which made me think, no matter what you do in your life, no matter what you create, what career you have... Your greatest creation is always going to be your life's story.
And in this time of 'information overload', people do not need more information. They want a story they can relate to. So with the most cheesy tourist Australian picture I could find, it's time to wave goodbye to one chapter and cheer on the next. 👋🏼👋🏼 We owe it to each other to tell our stories, so together, let's tell them well.
Cheerio for now old Sydney chops 🐨💗🐨