Bremer Bay

September 1st, 2014

I spent a month and 3 weeks in Bremer Bay, a small village of 200 people. I came here because I wanted to be in a quiet place, having had enough of the city. I caught up with my Belgian friend I had met at the hostel my first week in Perth, and lived with him and his roommate in a little house where I learnt how to make a fire! Bremer Bay is a place where you don’t need to lock your door or your car. There is a general store, a pub/restaurant, a library, a school and that’s all. I saw a lot of beautiful things there like parrots, kangaroos (right in front of me on the sidewalk, that was impressive!), a fox, all sorts of birds… At night, the sky shone with a million stars and there was no sound except the waves from the sea.

My friend and his roommate, who was also his manager, worked in a sea farm and I found a job as kitchen-hand in the restaurant of the village. People were really nice but, as I hate cooking, I really hated my job. I learnt a lot of kitchen words though and tried to understand the rural Australian accent which was and still is very difficult for me to get. There was worse, my boss was Scottish and I couldn’t understand a word he said.

I learnt a lot about myself because of my Belgian friend. Thanks to him, now I know why I always choose the wrong guys to be with, why I always act like a victim and why I am always stressed and, for the first time of my life, I took the right decision despite the fact that it would hurt me. I needed to take that decision because I needed to move forward and not repeat the same mistake again. Sometimes, even if it’s hard, you have to leave some people behind and keep going on your path. People make you stronger, even those who don’t at first seem to.

I really wanted to stay with my Belgian friend but we arrived to a point where I needed to go on alone and he needed to have his freedom back. It’s really a tough decision to leave the people you care about. I am very grateful for everything he taught me and I’m going to miss him a lot. I really needed someone like him to move forward. One thing he told me while I was crying and which I will always remember is, “when it’s twisting inside and painful that means that you are moving forward, you heal from your wounds”.

After realising that I needed to leave Bremer Bay, I decided to take a flight to the north-east of Australia, to Cairns. In order to get my plane, I had to go back to Perth and it was the opportunity to see my German friend again (I met him at the hostel in Perth and later on he was my neighbour when I was living in town with Julie). What a pleasure it was to spend time with him. I felt very sad after Bremer Bay and he told me something that illuminated my soul, he told me to ‘be happiness’, that happiness is a feeling you choose to feel.  You can be happy, and spreading your happiness to everyone will make you feel happier. That’s what I’m going to do: stop acting like a victim, be a warrior, be happy and spread this happiness to everyone I meet on my road. As of now, I’m going to live for me, follow my path and not follow others.

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