Today is my 7th anniversary in this the most beautiful city in the world.
9 February 2007 is the day I arrived in Australia with my twin brother to begin my adult journey. To say I wasn’t scared is an understatement. I even cried at Harare International airport on the day I left home cause that’s how much I was scared of the move. I had just finished high school and here I was embarking on a long journey to the other side of the world to begin a new life.
If I said I fell in love with the city would be a lie. I absolutely HATED everything about this city. I cried a lot in my first year of uni. This was the first time I was away from home, away from the comfort and protection of my parents. I was now in the big world alone….well not quite alone my siblings were here with me but still it was a huge adjustment.
Like I said I hated everything about the city. I hated that I had to carry heavy uni textbooks to class. Using public transport was the biggest shock to my system for someone who was used to being driven around. I vowed to move back home as soon as I finished my undergrad. My heart was just not here at all. It was hard. I had a lot of growing up to do.
In my second year I started to have a change of heart but I wasn’t fully convinced. It took me going back home to Zim after my undergrad for 18 months to fully appreciate this city. Being in Zim made me realise just how amazing life is here. I don’t have to depend on anyone for anything. If I need to go somewhere I simply catch the bus, train or tram. Living in Melbourne is one of the best things that has ever happened to me especially the last 3 years.
It has opened my eyes to the possibilities that exist for people with disabilities.
It has made me dream.
It has made me grow up in so many years.
It has made me independent.
It has given me hope that people with disabilities can live happy, fulfilling and independent lives.
It has opened so many doors-doors that would have never opened anywhere else in the world.
I could say so much more about why I love this city or about how it has changed me but I’ll just leave it here for now.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CITY OF MELBOURNE, I LOVE YOU!
Harare raised me but Melbourne molded me.