I’m unbelievably lucky to be in Australia. Visiting this country has been at the top of my bucket list my entire life and I still have to pinch myself on the better days. But things have been pretty tough recently. Without boring you by going into detail; we haven’t been able to see anywhere new for six weeks due to money problems, and I’m beginning to lose my mind with the zero job offers we’ve had since we settled down in Brisbane. However, more to the point, I’ve been feeling very low. Struggling to keep positive, moping around our rented Airbnb and I’ve been fighting away the tears on a daily basis.
Last week I saw the quote – in today’s society, we have to continuously grow, accelerate and innovate in order to keep up. Growing up, I thought I’d have met ‘the one’ by the age of 20, I’d be married at 25, have children soon after, know exactly what career I’d love by 21, and I thought university would be the only option if I wanted my dream career. None of which are true, and they are expectations delivered by society telling us what we should and shouldn’t do during particular points in our life. I’m currently twenty two years old, unemployed, more confused about my future than I have been, and I’m feeling extremely lost. A month ago, this would’ve freaked me out, but now, I’m feeling a little more relaxed about it all.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the comfort zone. As we grow up, throughout our teenage years and even in our early twenties, we are constantly told ‘we should do this, we should do that’, instead of being encouraged to find our own paths and develop our own understands of what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been travelling for over three months now, and put it this way, if I collected a dollar (ew, I still haven’t become used to that), every time someone told me I should do something a certain way, I wouldn’t be worrying about money or a job right now.
Blogging has played a big part in my life for nearly two years. I remember the day I started, I chose the name ‘Isla Rose’ to hide my new hobby away from personal accounts, I took the worst images of stationary because I thought it was the thing to do, every single night I’d take part in Twitter chats or sat down and wrote out blog posts until 3am, and it I loved it. I felt good to be experiencing something different and it provided me with the opportunity to switch off from the real world and mingle with likeminded people who were in the same boat as I was. Despite reading posts from the bigger bloggers on a regular basis, I wasn’t too sure how it all worked. I remember tagging the wrong genre of accounts and I had no idea what it took to gain regular page views, so I just took it all for what it was, I didn’t particularly care about traffic – views were just a bonus that I didn’t take much notice of.
I first began blogging during on a whim back during summer 2016. I’d fallen in love with YouTube many years beforehand; dreaming that one day I’d pluck up the courage to begin a YouTube channel of my own. Still to this day; I wish I could. However, YouTube eventually introduced me to the Blogosphere – a hobby that I could easily begin, and a hobby that I could do anonymously, quietly and secretly.