I’m about to make the biggest move of my life, literally and metaphorically. As a girl from the Northern Territory, I am used to a life that is extremely different to the inner city one I am about to jump into. In two months I will be packing my entire life into my car and driving from the Northern Territory to Melbourne as I got into a university there. From what I’ve been told, I will be driving head first into the most challenging and intense culture shock I could ever face. I do understand that living in inner city Melbourne is extremely different to living where I grew up, but I thought that by being within Australia, Melbourne couldn’t be that different. Apparently I’m wrong and I will be extremely confronted by the differences when I move. I’m a bit scared, to be honest.
Once I’ve driven the 38 hours (over four days) to my new home, I will be taking my car in for a tyre service. My car is very sturdy and reliable, but that doesn’t mean it will still be in pristine condition by the time I’ve done the drive to Melbourne. I really love my car and it’s one of the main things that will remind me of my real home. I want to maintain it for as long as I possibly can.
Obviously when I get my tyres serviced I will be visiting a mechanic. Brunswick is a suburb near where I will be living, so I plan on going to a mechanic there. I’m hoping I’ll be able to build a rapport with the new mechanic so that I can rely on him (or her) for the entirety of my university degree. It’s really important to me that I work with someone that I can trust to look after my car.
A lot is about to change in my life. I’m simultaneously excited and terrified, but I think I’m ready.