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A Decade

Australia Rock

Today marks 10 years since I landed in Australia. On the 12th of February 2005, my Qantas plane {a 12 hour direct flight from Mumbai} landed in Sydney around 11 a.m. I was only 21 and the reality of the situation only hit me when I landed. I had moved countries. Continents, in fact. And didn’t know anyone. Sure, I was going to be staying temporarily with a family related to us in a very distant manner but I didn’t know them. I remember trying to lug two massive suitcases and then make my way to the arrivals area. Everything was a bit of a blur. But I didn’t fail to notice the clear blue skies and the fresh Sydney air. My dream of 10 years was finally real.

I was surprisingly homesick the first couple of months. I say surprising because I had been looking forward to moving out, to moving countries. But I was renting a room with an Asian couple and another student who were all very private. Resulting in me missing everyone back in India. My sleep patterns were out of whack. I found I couldn’t focus on uni. And to make my anxiety worse, I found out that my eventual plans to become a permanent resident might not eventuate after all due to me being 5 points short for a skilled migrant. I remember weeping to my family and not knowing whether coming to Australia for further studies had been a bright idea after all.

Fortunately for me, when I saw a migration agent a few weeks later, I was told that there was going to be a change in the system with a bonus of 25 points for migrants with good English. Given that English is practically my first language, I didn’t have to worry. I was also very fortunate when it came to finding work. The university library accepted my application and I stayed there for all my uni life. Finally, I had another stroke of luck when a room became available on campus and I moved in. For the first time in 2 months, I slept properly. After that, it seemed like everything just fell in place. Sure, I stressed out about assignments, some social things on-campus, the future, my placements and my thesis, but overall, I was quite fortunate.

Apart from my studies, I took some time to explore Sydney and other places in NSW. I didn’t travel much as I didn’t want to ask my parents for money and covered my living expenses on my own. But I still managed to visit Coffs Harbour and Newcastle just after I handed in my final thesis.

In 2008, I was depressed for a while due to finding it hard to find a job. Eventually, I got my break in a part-time position as a school counsellor. I had also put in my application for permanent residency and was eligible to work. Being a psychologist within a school was a great learning experience and a good way to get my foot in the door. Some things in my life were not that great but there were other positives. Finally, on the 3rd of December 2008, almost 9 months after I’d applied, I got an email stating I was a permanent resident.

It made all the hard work of those previous years seem worthwhile.

Since then, life has had its ups and downs. I’ve changed jobs, moved houses, bought a unit, adopted my cats Pebbles and Buttons, broken up relationships, formed other ones, gotten engaged, lost touch with friends, found new friends, travelled around Australia, explored and of course, become a citizen of this country.

I made it home.

Sydney has been my home for a decade now. Although when people meet me for the first time, they assume I was born here. Maybe it’s because I’ve adapted so well. Maybe it’s because I have a pretty decent Aussie accent. Or maybe, it’s like I always said while growing up: I was born in the wrong country. I was meant to be Australian.

Ten years have gone by so quickly. I remember most of it like it was yesterday. The good, the bad, the ugly — it’s all made this home. It’s all made this my life. I have been so very fortunate to have made it here and to have achieved my goals. I will never take that for granted. I have moments when I think of all that could have gone against me. And it makes me stop and savour all that has gone well for me.

The universe has been good to me.

It has helped me achieve my dream to call Australia home.

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • anks
    12 February 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wish for it and the universe makes it come true! so has happened to you 🙂

    I have been wanting to visit australia for 5 years now… hopefully soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      14 February 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I never believed in that whole universe making things happen Anks…but I think I’ve changed my mind! 🙂 You should certainly try to visit Aus…it’s so beautiful.

  • anks
    12 February 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wish for it and the universe makes it come true! so has happened to you 🙂

    I have been wanting to visit australia for 5 years now… hopefully soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      14 February 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I never believed in that whole universe making things happen Anks…but I think I’ve changed my mind! 🙂 You should certainly try to visit Aus…it’s so beautiful.

  • anks
    12 February 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wish for it and the universe makes it come true! so has happened to you 🙂

    I have been wanting to visit australia for 5 years now… hopefully soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      14 February 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I never believed in that whole universe making things happen Anks…but I think I’ve changed my mind! 🙂 You should certainly try to visit Aus…it’s so beautiful.

  • Rajlakshmi
    12 February 2015 at 10:08 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your success story. As a 21 year old, I can’t even imagine what my reation would be if I had to relocate to a whole new country.
    We too came here with so many apprehensions …the struggles are just a part of settling in 🙂
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  • Rajlakshmi
    12 February 2015 at 10:08 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your success story. As a 21 year old, I can’t even imagine what my reation would be if I had to relocate to a whole new country.
    We too came here with so many apprehensions …the struggles are just a part of settling in 🙂
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  • Rajlakshmi
    12 February 2015 at 10:08 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your success story. As a 21 year old, I can’t even imagine what my reation would be if I had to relocate to a whole new country.
    We too came here with so many apprehensions …the struggles are just a part of settling in 🙂
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  • nabanita
    12 February 2015 at 10:57 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your story… Wonderful…May you achieve more and keep doing what you want to, the way you want to ! 🙂
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  • nabanita
    12 February 2015 at 10:57 pm

    It’s so wonderful to read your story… Wonderful…May you achieve more and keep doing what you want to, the way you want to ! 🙂
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  • simple girl
    12 February 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hugs sanch…………. It is so wonderful to read your story and the amount of hard work you put in, you deserve all of this ….

  • simple girl
    12 February 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hugs sanch…………. It is so wonderful to read your story and the amount of hard work you put in, you deserve all of this ….

  • simple girl
    12 February 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hugs sanch…………. It is so wonderful to read your story and the amount of hard work you put in, you deserve all of this ….

  • obsessivemom
    13 February 2015 at 1:17 am

    Congratulatins Sanch. This is actually quite an achievement – to make a home in a foreign land all on your own. College days must have been tough – working and studying. In India that’s almost unheard of – but you’d know that already.
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  • obsessivemom
    13 February 2015 at 1:17 am

    Congratulatins Sanch. This is actually quite an achievement – to make a home in a foreign land all on your own. College days must have been tough – working and studying. In India that’s almost unheard of – but you’d know that already.
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  • obsessivemom
    13 February 2015 at 1:17 am

    Congratulatins Sanch. This is actually quite an achievement – to make a home in a foreign land all on your own. College days must have been tough – working and studying. In India that’s almost unheard of – but you’d know that already.
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  • Shilpa Garg
    13 February 2015 at 3:47 am

    That’s a wow journey! Quite an achievement, indeed! May the universe smile on you always! Cheers 🙂
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  • Shilpa Garg
    13 February 2015 at 3:47 am

    That’s a wow journey! Quite an achievement, indeed! May the universe smile on you always! Cheers 🙂
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  • Shilpa Garg
    13 February 2015 at 3:47 am

    That’s a wow journey! Quite an achievement, indeed! May the universe smile on you always! Cheers 🙂
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  • Sulekha
    13 February 2015 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on achieving all you wanted to, inspiring story. I believe we all reach where we are meant to go, eventually 🙂

  • Sulekha
    13 February 2015 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on achieving all you wanted to, inspiring story. I believe we all reach where we are meant to go, eventually 🙂

  • Zita
    13 February 2015 at 8:04 am

    People think I am brave for heading off overseas for a couple of months but I got nothing on you! It is so great that you followed your dream and that, although at times the road has not been easy, you have made it through and it has been a success! Here’s to another great ten years!
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  • Zita
    13 February 2015 at 8:04 am

    People think I am brave for heading off overseas for a couple of months but I got nothing on you! It is so great that you followed your dream and that, although at times the road has not been easy, you have made it through and it has been a success! Here’s to another great ten years!
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  • Zita
    13 February 2015 at 8:04 am

    People think I am brave for heading off overseas for a couple of months but I got nothing on you! It is so great that you followed your dream and that, although at times the road has not been easy, you have made it through and it has been a success! Here’s to another great ten years!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    13 February 2015 at 9:23 am

    You were very brave. What a daunting thing- moving countries alone!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    13 February 2015 at 9:23 am

    You were very brave. What a daunting thing- moving countries alone!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    13 February 2015 at 9:23 am

    You were very brave. What a daunting thing- moving countries alone!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    13 February 2015 at 11:28 am

    Australia is lucky to have you Sanch!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    13 February 2015 at 11:28 am

    Australia is lucky to have you Sanch!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    13 February 2015 at 11:28 am

    Australia is lucky to have you Sanch!
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  • elly stornebrink
    13 February 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats on your 10 years of Aussie citizenship Sanch! I have been in your shoes when I moved out here where, long story short, it was a struggle for almost a year, before things finally changed not without major depression. However, I am so grateful to have “gone through the fire” to arrive where I am now with Vancouver, now North Vancouver being the first place(s) that (finally) feel like home. It’s a good feeling isn’t it Sanch when you feel like you (finally) belong. You’ve arrived! 🙂 <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    13 February 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats on your 10 years of Aussie citizenship Sanch! I have been in your shoes when I moved out here where, long story short, it was a struggle for almost a year, before things finally changed not without major depression. However, I am so grateful to have “gone through the fire” to arrive where I am now with Vancouver, now North Vancouver being the first place(s) that (finally) feel like home. It’s a good feeling isn’t it Sanch when you feel like you (finally) belong. You’ve arrived! 🙂 <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    13 February 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats on your 10 years of Aussie citizenship Sanch! I have been in your shoes when I moved out here where, long story short, it was a struggle for almost a year, before things finally changed not without major depression. However, I am so grateful to have “gone through the fire” to arrive where I am now with Vancouver, now North Vancouver being the first place(s) that (finally) feel like home. It’s a good feeling isn’t it Sanch when you feel like you (finally) belong. You’ve arrived! 🙂 <3
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  • Kathy
    13 February 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Lovely reading your story and how you got through the hard times to feel truly at home now. I love our country for its multiculturalism, even though we don’t get everything right. I had a glimpse of your experience living in Canada when hubby did a job exchange. With a couple of young kids and not working it was isolating at times, but what a wonderful experience overall – so glad we did it.

  • Kathy
    13 February 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Lovely reading your story and how you got through the hard times to feel truly at home now. I love our country for its multiculturalism, even though we don’t get everything right. I had a glimpse of your experience living in Canada when hubby did a job exchange. With a couple of young kids and not working it was isolating at times, but what a wonderful experience overall – so glad we did it.

  • Kathy
    13 February 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Lovely reading your story and how you got through the hard times to feel truly at home now. I love our country for its multiculturalism, even though we don’t get everything right. I had a glimpse of your experience living in Canada when hubby did a job exchange. With a couple of young kids and not working it was isolating at times, but what a wonderful experience overall – so glad we did it.

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    13 February 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Wow that was really interesting to read, I bet it’s been a crazy decade. Love your honesty Sanch!! Have a happy weekend and your first Valentine’s Day being engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    13 February 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Wow that was really interesting to read, I bet it’s been a crazy decade. Love your honesty Sanch!! Have a happy weekend and your first Valentine’s Day being engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    13 February 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Wow that was really interesting to read, I bet it’s been a crazy decade. Love your honesty Sanch!! Have a happy weekend and your first Valentine’s Day being engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Lata Sunil
    14 February 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations and well done! At 21 i was probably just thinking about how to take the next train. It was very brave of you to take a big risk and glad everything has been good.

  • Lata Sunil
    14 February 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations and well done! At 21 i was probably just thinking about how to take the next train. It was very brave of you to take a big risk and glad everything has been good.

  • Lata Sunil
    14 February 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations and well done! At 21 i was probably just thinking about how to take the next train. It was very brave of you to take a big risk and glad everything has been good.

  • Bele @ BlahBlah
    15 February 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You’re awesome to do the move! I had no idea you’d only been here ten years. What a packed decade congratulations!
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  • Bele @ BlahBlah
    15 February 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You’re awesome to do the move! I had no idea you’d only been here ten years. What a packed decade congratulations!
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  • Bele @ BlahBlah
    15 February 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You’re awesome to do the move! I had no idea you’d only been here ten years. What a packed decade congratulations!
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  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    15 February 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations Sanch – you have achieved so much and what a beautiful place to call home xx

  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    15 February 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations Sanch – you have achieved so much and what a beautiful place to call home xx

  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    15 February 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations Sanch – you have achieved so much and what a beautiful place to call home xx

  • Grace
    15 February 2015 at 10:55 pm

    “I was born in the wrong country. I was meant to be Australian” – love it!
    What an amazing journey you’ve had so far. Congratulations on your first decade here x
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  • Grace
    15 February 2015 at 10:55 pm

    “I was born in the wrong country. I was meant to be Australian” – love it!
    What an amazing journey you’ve had so far. Congratulations on your first decade here x
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  • Grace
    15 February 2015 at 10:55 pm

    “I was born in the wrong country. I was meant to be Australian” – love it!
    What an amazing journey you’ve had so far. Congratulations on your first decade here x
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