Since I was young, 13 was my lucky number. It was my go-to number for years during little league. I was lucky number 13. Despite people telling me it was unlucky, I believed in the power of believing.
On New Year’s Day 2013, I told myself it would be the luckiest year of my life. For two reasons: 1.) Because 13 was my number and 2.) I knew I would be traveling extensively. But as life goes, there were many unprecedented adventures along the way.
After my summer in Europe, I planned a trip to Ireland in November with my friend from study abroad. You can read more about it here.
Right around the same time, an Aussie had left for his European adventure. He had traveled far to get to the UK, and journeyed around England for the first bit. He was going to skip out on heading to Ireland altogether.
But instead, on the 13th day of his travels, he landed in Dublin – the same day as me. And within the 13th minute of knowing him, I knew he was special. We seemed to have both caught the luck of the Irish.
After meeting, we took our first picture together, and even though the Guinness was talking, I used a quote I saw on a window of a restaurant earlier that day, “”You’ll ask for a city of dreams. I’ll show you Dublin, and you’ll fall in love.”
That night, after we roamed the streets of Dublin and parted ways, he sent me the first of many messages: “Life will honestly never be the same.”
Today is that exact day – one year later.
A few weeks later, I was asking my parents if they think I should take the risk to fly back to Europe to visit Sam – a guy I only knew for two days in Ireland. And without their support and love, my life would be drastically different. I wouldn’t be living in Sydney with the man of my dreams, and my family wouldn’t be flying to Australia for Christmas.
It’s crazy to think that last year on the day after Christmas, I left to fly to Europe to be with Sam. This year on the day after Christmas, I’ll be flying to the Great Barrier Reef with Sam – and my entire family. Who would have thought?!
The point is: life gives you unbelievable and unexpected opportunities – it’s up to you to take those opportunities, to take those risks. It’s up to you to believe in what you want – even if it’s thought to be out of the ordinary (or unlucky.)
It’s been a wild adventure since the moment we met. In one year, we’ve visited 3 continents, 7 countries,7 states (AUS/USA), 20 cities and countless miles in between. He lived in the US for three months. I moved to Australia six months ago, and now we live and work in Sydney. So where will we go next? Not even we know at this point, but I know as long as I’m with Sam, anything is possible.
“Moats and boats and waterfalls – alleyways and pay phone calls. I’ve been everywhere with you.”