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JULY 09, 2019: If like me, you’re single and in your thirties, you’ll probably relate. I go through a cycle where I’m super comfortable about where I’m at in life - I do what I want, I’m going out and having fun and just doing me. Then, I meet someone who either makes me rethink this whole being single thing, or it reminds exactly why I like being single.
People usually take their gap year after high school, but what happens when you get to your thirties and you feel like you’re on a raft in the middle of the ocean without a paddle? That’s why I decided to take a gap year. Sure, it isn’t the most adulting decision ever, but that space, time and permission to start over and get to know the real me again has been a real game changer. I’ve made some incredible connections and taken up new hobbies that I never thought I would, like rock climbing.
Taking a gap year in my thirties is not like a holiday, that’s the mindset I had to adapt. I knew that if I worked, I could live in Peru for at least a year. I had no plans of spending my days lying on a tropical beach somewhere - my gap year had a purpose, even if that purpose has changed somewhat throughout the months I’ve lived here. This wasn’t about taking a break from my ‘real’ life, everything that happened this year has shaped who I’ve become, as much as the memories I made in New Zealand.
Leaving this beautiful country has finally become real in the last two weeks. I thought a lot about the connections I've made so far, you know the kind that teach you, grow you and especially the ones who help you to look at love in a new perspective. Living away from New Zealand and what has been my home for over a quarter of a century showed me how much growing up I had to do. Not just in life, but also when it came to love. You see, as much as I resisted it, I did meet someone. Actually, we both resisted it. READ MORE