You Taught Me – FG

5 years ago, we talked about where you wanted to be and what you wanted to do “growing up”. At the time, we were both still students, you were searching for work and doing the odd jobs here and there, volunteering for great causes that you excelled in (because of your bubbly personality!).

Look at you now! You are pretty much doing exactly what you wanted to do and you are loving it. The definition of someone who has made it to where they set out to be and more impressive for someone in a unique role as yours (I can totally imagine you in that lab coat #Abby haha). You remind me that nothing is out of reach if you aim all of your hearts and desires for it.

I also LOVE our conversation on the Disney movie Soul! How smooth was the subtle segue of the topic into our conversation, then letting it take off into so much more. Reminds me of conversations we used to have over text which were a bazillion sentences long because of your extra-terrestrial typing speeds hahaha.

As always, you are such a great friend FG, it’s a shame that you have replaced me with my little brother, although whom I am very alike, I bet it’s just not the same. Catch up soon and keep in touch!

You Taught Me – VD

What makes me most happy in the world is seeing my friends succeed and living a life they enjoy. Ultimately, isn’t that what life is about? Finding the balance between our “work” and our life? For those who say that our work should be our lives, in reality it’s unrealistic and unsustainable.

So, with that it really sounds like you’re finding that balance well! Slowly navigating the joys of life, learning all the way through. I love how you took the leap of faith away from what seems like the big and stable 4 to pursue something different, totally outside your comfort zone to try something new that you think suits you better. This mindset will get you far in life and there’s no doubt that it will help you find a place where you will be at peace. I think what you reminded me most is that there are friends of mine out there who are doing pretty well, moving forward in their lives, slowly but surely.

Even if you don’t think so yourself, I think you’re a great example of this! So I thank you for being a great friend and wish you continued peace and success in the future. All the best VD, and catch up soon!

You Taught Me – CP

How amazing is it when opportunities come when you least expect it!

During our conversation together, we defined what it means to live a life free of total control over everything and your recent experiences are the best examples of that. When you gave yourself the time and space to learn instead of expecting yourself to know, you inevitably invited everyone around you to see your true and vulnerable self (just like we all are). It’s crazy to think that sometimes the harder we try and expect results of ourselves, the more it actually backfires and hurts instead. We are truly at times our worst enemy but also our greatest saviour.

What I find just as humbling is that when the universe opens up to you full of opportunities, you stay loyal to your word and have belief in the path you’ve chosen. It’s so important that we do believe in the choices that we make with all our hearts and be accepting that it may not always be the right choice. I love how we both have found a place to call home away from home and really, it doesn’t matter whether it’s halfway across the globe or in our great Australian backyard because what it really shows is your drive to make the life that you want for yourself.

Looking ahead, you are absolutely no different. You strive to work with people, for people and give them the best experience wherever they are because to you, the way to make the world a better place is by putting us first; our sense of well-being through meaningful interactions. All I can say to that is thank you for the amazing catch-up and reminding me of this.

I look forward to where it takes you and will support you all along the way!

You Taught Me – JK

It was an absolute pleasure catching up with you. It’s always amazing when you reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen or talked to in years and you just kick it off with really meaningful topics.

What I found fascinating was our conversation around keeping one eye on the future at all times. What large organisations lack is this ability to create this vision that they’re supposed to have from within and that’s where you come in with you conceptual designs and framework thinking. But as much as it is enjoyable, what you really want is to see is the results, the actual implementation without all the politics. In a world full of process driven design, it’s hard to see where we can just make things more focussed, optimised and far less long winded but you’re on the journey to find out what that is. The one thing that you and I both know for sure is that whatever the future holds, we will always need that human touch and the roles we’re both taking on, ensure that is what we’re learning.

In the near future, you’re excited and open to where you might end up, whether that’s across town or on the other side of the world. You’ve never lost your heart for the world and want to be doing something that helps heal and sustain it. The most humbling thing is that you seem to really know the true value of things. You see yourself from the perspective of others and realise that we, as Australians and as individuals are really well off and are in the prime position to drive the change we wish to see, without the struggles that much of the people of the world has inherited.

JK, you’ve taught me a lot in this short time and it’s absolutely humbling to talk to you, I wish you all the best in your endeavours and support you along your journey.

You Taught Me – JL

You are truly an inspiration.

Seriously! and you don’t even know it! Why is it that those of whom who are truly inspiring to others, don’t see it in themselves? You have one of the strongest human spirits that I know of. It doesn’t mean that you are always perfect, or that you’re always happy and smiling and energetic . What it truly means is that you persevere through all of the thick and thin and come out on the other side ever stronger, more aware and more insightful than you ever were before. Not everyone can say that they have gone through the trials of life as you have and come out of it with a positive and optimistic outlook on life as you do.

It’s absolutely exciting to hear you talk about what you have installed for you in the future with the biggest and brightest of smiles, and as with all great thing’s you understand that the best things in life come with time; that time heals all, that it brings out the best of us, healing wounds and giving the gift of wisdom. I have no doubt that when the time comes, you will be the star that shines brightly, as you’ve always dreamed, that your growth will be exponential.

JL, you taught me the fragility of life, but you also taught me the strength of the human spirit to persevere and overcome, and for that I will always be thankful.

You Taught Me – NM

You’re always so well spoken my friend!

Conversations with you flow so well not because we have a lot of topics prepared but because we agree with each other on a lot of core topics, from self-improvement to seeking a passion in life. I enjoyed our conversation about problem solving when you don’t know where to begin and and support doesn’t seem to be near. I empathise with the times when you just don’t know what you don’t know, when the limits of your knowledge are tested, when even Google struggles with your predicament. You taught me something on this, that as stressful as situations like this can be, it’s important to take a step back, to not be hard on yourself and break down the problem into smaller parts, parts that you can solve. And if the support is not near, then look far, look into the distance elsewhere externally or otherwise.

Among the conversation you talked of your short term goals, the realisation that parts of your work are not where your passion lies, that you know it’s important more than ever to move forward onto something new and that you’re currently in search for that. You spoke of your longer term goals to become someone that can inspire others, a “life coach” because that’s what you know get’s you excited in the morning. To serve others, to mentor, to understand and help people on their own journeys through life.

I wish you all the best on your journey and no doubt our paths will meet again!

You Taught Me – WT

High energy! is what I can say about you. It’s quite incredible to watch actually.

You are at your highest of highs when you are surrounded by good friends and good music and I think that’s where you shine. Even for someone like me, who can also have quite high energy, you manage to top that and show me how exciting it can be to get to know other people. We don’t know each other as well as we’d both like to but that will change soon. What I do know is that although in person we always see the highest of highs in you, when you’re alone, it becomes your lowest of lows. It’s something you’ve mentioned to me before and maybe in the next few months, it’s something I can show you too, how to be comfortable in your own shoes when all you have is yourself.

You Taught Me – JB No.2

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” by Abraham Lincoln.

You told me this on one sunny day when I was young and eager to learn. I’d never at the time managed any projects on my own but when I finally got around to it, this quote just kept coming to mind and of course, you, the person who reminded me of it. I’ve extended this further than work but into my own life because come to think about it, how often do we actually sit down and plan our actions towards the goals we set ourselves? not nearly enough I would say. With every project I lead, every goal and dream I have, I plan now more than ever, I leave room for spontaneity, but don’t allow any spontaneity to push me off track.

Thank you for teaching me that planning is the path to success JB.

You Taught Me – PS

maaatteee, I’m going to miss having you around but you know what, everything happens for a reason right and we’ll make the most of whatever comes our way.

I’ve never seen somebody who loves music as much as you do. How are you still alive right now with all those late nights at pubs and clubs watching gigs till the am’s. It’s a big part of your life and I can see it, it shines out of you like an emanating glow. You’ve taught me how easy it is for ones passion to shine right through them and feel like it’s overwhelming and even influencing yourself.

The power to truly be passionate about something is what I seek for as well, it’s a question I’ve asked myself for many years. I think I’ve found some of it and I can only hope that it emanates from me as much as I can see music does for you!

You Taught Me – CM

“If you’re not going to do it, then no one will”. Powerful words strung together, it is the vibe you gave off when I first met you and it was the same vibe when you left.

The more I go through life, the more I realise how true this is. It’s rare to find people who are willing to take charge of everything they do, those are the people who actually move things along because they absolutely hate how slow things can move in almost all aspects of their life. They’re not satisfied with the status quo, that things have always been done this way because to them that was is incredibly inefficient and slow. You are one of those and you get things done because you do them. Sometimes you say that it’s because no one else can do it (who knows, maybe your right, or maybe a bit more leadership will help those whom struggle do better? not sure). But the teaching is there, that if you want to change something, if you want to get things moving, get things to the way you like it, sometimes you just have to take it in the chin and do it yourself.

Thanks for showing me this CM.

You Taught Me – JT

I’ve always admired… your thoughts, your honesty and the banter that we gave each other.

When we last spoke…we talked about how awesome it was for us to see and hang out with each other overseas. How some of the best moments were made when we both felt free from everything, to just lay down and talk into that night sky. I think that was pretty awesome too! We’re a lot like each other, I think we kind of saw that over the years, but the thing that makes us most different is our sense of the world around us, you’re a true realist and myself a true optimist at heart. In so many ways I know sometimes that I should be more like you, think more about the reality of what my future might look like instead of having my head always in the cloud. It’s harder though, for me to do than you think. But in any sense, I think we’re both holding it together and doing well for ourselves either way. Maybe it shows that there really are many paths to one end goal.

What struck me most…was our conversation on love and life. You alllwaayysss like to poke at the things I say, break them apart to make me see a flaw in my own argument. That’s not always fair though. I say things even I don’t fully understand, but that’s not a lack of me trying, I’d like to think it’s a lack of depth in the English Language. I know you’d laugh at that when you read it. *giggles*. I can, however say that I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation on the topic and I came out of it with more questions; for myself. Upon some of the favourite things I will remember is that, and as lame as it sounds, love really does come when you least expect it; and that time, perserverance and choice are factors that come into play when it comes to that love and life.

In 5 years time…you’re not exactly sure where you will be in life, but you do have a 3 year outlook. You seek some more stability in your life, a good job that challenges you but doesn’t cause you stress, a good boy who supports you through life, a place you can call home. We’re both feeling older each and everyday (but still I push that we are so youthful at heart). I think a lot of us at our age feel the same way, we don’t want to use the term “settle down”. Our generation is stuck inbetween two strong rifts of change, the more traditional past which emphasises a stable long lived life and the modern generation of youthfuls who have grown up in a world of change so fast that to stay in any one place causes so much unease. I just want to say that I understand you Koala, it’s something I think about a lot too.

I’m sad…that things have moved so fast! we’ve only hanged out a handful of times over the past few years, but even then we can talk and catch up so easily. Fear not though, we both may very well see each other in Europe next year! 🙂

I’m happy…that you have good friends (and a singular very good friend 😉 ) and family that surround you and your life. I’m happy that you are taking on challenges that are way beyond what even you think you can achieve, but I must remind you to not give up, that it looks like you are learning, growing and becoming a more incredible person each and every day. Trust and believe in yourself and you will go far, plus, we all have your back!

I wish…you all the very best in the future. Good luck on that job search, that change in pace from the over-responsibility you’ve received in recent times. Good luck with you and your boy, he sounds like a great catch! Honesty and preserverence remember? 🙂

You Taught Me – KK

A kind, loving and forgiving heart is the gift that you have.

You taught me how to take care of myself, how we shouldn’t be so harsh to ourselves when things don’t work out the way we want it to. You taught me that there will always be people around you who are experiencing or have experienced similar emotions that you are feeling at this moment and together, you can get through anything life throws at you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Many years ago, we reached out to each other and helped each other get through some of the toughest times of our lives and there’s nothing more I can say but thank you. We will always be great friends because of that. We only have to look at how far we’ve come since then to realise what felt like a dead end in our path was only a small hump in the road of life!

You Taught Me – JB

You’re the JB so you know who you are without introduction. You are a great friend, infinitely more caring of others than people can see at first. Maybe it’s because that inner circle of yours is really the only people you care about and everyone else can get lost is probably what you would say.

You show you care by doing the exact opposite, it took me some time to realise this but I look back now and everything we’ve ever done is a million times more hilarious and fun. Making us do ridiculous things by egging us on and threatening us if we don’t has always made for a funny but scary experience; In the end there’s always a stupid story to tell, someone making a fool out of ourselves only to have you make sure we get home safe and sound.

You are a true friend and JB, thank you for that.

You Taught Me – SQ

I’ve always admired how knowledgeable you are, especially with those things in which you’re most passionate about.

It always feels like we havn’t known each other for long, but maybe that’s because there’s still a lot we don’t know about each other! Much more for our future selves to learn then.

When we last spoke, we talked about how our lives have both been very different this year. That this year we’ve both been spending our time and energy on something rather different from the past; we could both say that we have become a lot busier in our lives. You took a small step back from some of the things you used to enjoy doing from putting your incredible blog on hold, to your unique cooking and travelling adventures. You haven’t been exploring and hiking as much as you used to as well; was it you showing me your new area or was it me showing you? 😛

But all of this, we realised that maybe this was not actually a bad thing, it has taught us so much about the value of our time and energy. We concluded that it is okay to put things on hold to expand and build ourselves in other areas. You shifted your time and energy on your studies and found an interesting area of work that you might now want to pursue. Meanwhile, I shifted a lot of mine towards my work, learning as much as I can before I make my move in January; to me, there’s nothing more important to me right now than to be a valued member of my new team. So maybe this “busy” is more like concentration, it’s more like what do we have to do now to ensure our success in the future, and some of it just happens to be some temporary sacrifices for the greater good.

Aside from this, you couldn’t help but be difficult with your choice of food again but we settled at somewhere super yummy and photo-worthy for you. I was adamant in saying that the dessert we had was THE best dessert I’ve ever had, you were quickly taken aback by my rash conclusion, a mere few bites after entering the realm of sweetness; big call for me to make you said. Maybe by the end, you could see how powerless I was over the desert and you’d changed your mind as well.

There’s so much more we talked about that evening, from the beauty of the river and Melbourne like feel of the Parramatta city to our enjoyment of ducks and interesting way birds fall asleep, the truth is it is so easy for us to talk about almost everything, if only you’d not walk so fast ahead!

There’s a few more thing’s I forgot to ask you, but I’ll leave that for another day 🙂

You Taught Me – KC

HOW ARE YOU? is pretty much the most common statement we have both said to each other.

Seriously, I’m pretty sure we both don’t actually mean it because I hope things are doing shit without me back home; yes, I just want you to miss having me around. hahaha. In all seriousness though, you are a good mate, you’ve taught me what the most sociable butterfly looks like and that’s you man. You’re a wildflower, you grow a bit of your wild self in every person you meet and I think that’s pretty awesome. You actually care a lot about people and you definitely know how to show it. This is one of the most important lessons that you have taught me, how to show that you care. We text each other nonsensical texts on most days that consists of one liners such as “WAKE UP” “GO HOME” “OI” ” I HOPE YOU DIE FROM ALCOHOL POISONING” and the reply’s not too dissimilar.

For readers, please don’t read too much into this but all I have to say to you KC is cheers mate, take good care of yourself and MY, and don’t fuck up, but if you do, I’ll catch you.

You Taught Me – FA

Family first brother. That’s what you have taught me. Above all else, you are to your family what the planets are to its star; the pull that holds each other together. You have always done everything within your power to make this so, even at the expense of the the things you enjoy, the things you love and even just yourself. But that is not a weakness. That is within itself one of life’s greatest strengths because just as you will do anything for them, they will return that favour two, three, four fold; and you know that. Not a lot of people in this world can say that they have an equally strong relationship with their family as you can. It is a blessing that only few experience and many seek their entire lives. You have taught me the power of strength in unity, with family at its heart and I thank you for that.

You Taught Me – IP

Calm, even when the world around you is burning to the ground. Stoic is what people would call you even if you didn’t know it.

Over the years I’ve been around you, I’ve enjoyed one aspect more than any other, to observe you (in a humorous way not creepy ha!). I find it fascinating how put together your sentences are, you talk slowly but very succinctly in an easy to understand, easy to follow manner and in such that everyone in the room knows that we’re all moving towards the same goal. This isn’t just in the normal day to day, it’s during times of incredible stress and hardship that it shines the most because you don’t change, you still have the same, calm, relaxed, “everything will be okay” vibe going about you.

Wish I could do the same and I do try, but thank you for showing me how it’s done.