The Irony of Living My Dream During Quarantine


This post was contributed by Ana Ferreira. 

Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? This song described my life in all levels right now. Well, let me explain. Australia – my living abroad dream destination for over ten years. Why? I’m not so sure of how it started. Maybe it was the lifestyle, maybe the weather, the people, or just binge watching H2O: Just Add Water for too long. It doesn’t really matter. All I know is that since I was fifteen I’ve been dreaming about the day I would step my feet in the land down under and stay for a while. I remember being frustrated for not being able to do a high school year here because my parents couldn’t afford it. And from that moment I decided that I would do everything I could to get here by my own means. And that’s what I did. For the past two years I’ve been organising myself, working hard, and saving every coin possible (thank you Damon and Jo for the tips) until I realised I was finally able to spend a least six months in Australia.
So here I am, in the beautiful Gold Coast. It was the February 29th and all I could think was: what to do now? For the first few weeks, I was focused on finding a permanent accommodation. Then I would settle down, discover the city, the beaches, the night life and go to school… after all I’m here to improve my English. I decided to look for a job by the third or fourth week. But wait. There is something going on. Since I left my country, they can’t stop talking about this new virus and apparently it’s getting very serious. Should I worry? Yes, I should wash my hands more frequently and be careful with human touch. Ok, no more night clubs for a while. Now let me go back to my resume.

I don’t know what the future holds for me and I’m excited to find out

Suddenly everything turned upside down. School went online, establishments closed, a lot of people lost their jobs and had to go back to their home countries.

We all know how the story goes…

And I found myself in the middle of this chaos far from home, without a job and with no clue of what to do next. I have to confess that I’m pretty fortunate to spend the quarantine here and at least I had time to see some kangaroos. Despite that, my point is: I’ve been dreaming of moving to Australia for 15 years. Is it fair to live it like this? The answer is yes. Although some of the friends I made here just went back home claiming they expected to live the full experience abroad, I think that’s exactly the opposite of what I should to do. There is a reason for me to be here. Some things in life are impossible to control and if I decided to come here now, then that’s the experience I’m supposed to have.

And to be honest, I’m can’t wait to tell my grandchildren all about it!

It is ironic but that’s just how life goes. I don’t know what the future holds for me and I’m excited to find out. And right now, things are starting to get better here, so let me go back to my resume because I might need it in a near future!

Meet Ana: My name is Ana Ferreira, I’m 25 years old Biologist from Brazil, currently living abroad in Australia. Keep up with me on IG. 

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