Photo Challenge # 2 – Transition from childhood to adulthood

DSCN1947This is my second post of a challenge to post a picture with a story every day for five days. I am writing on the theme of my new beginnings at times of change in my life.

Adulthood

The second big change in my life was becoming an adult, moving from that secure world of a supportive family base and community, out into the scary world of reality.

Rather than one single change, the period from 1971 to 1979, ages 17 to 26, were for me years of transition as I slowly took the steps away from my old life, and moved into my new life. Almost everything about my old life disappeared. Those nine years were years of excitement. Yet at the same time they were filled with uncertainty and, at times, sadness.

  • My first step branching out into the world was leaving behind my stable family life and attending University. The photo of the train symbolizes that transition for me as this became the bridge I traversed each day between my old life and my life of change. Having been uncomfortable with many aspects of school life, I thrived at university as I had a passion for learning and the environment suited me.
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  • My parents moved from the house they had always lived into a larger one. Sadly they were to only have one year together in their dream home.
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  • The rock of my close family and extended family crumbled. Over an eight year period there were the deaths of my father, my grandmother, two aunts, two uncles, two cousins and a close family friend. After always having been home, my mother became a single working parent supporting my brothers through school and all of us through university. My sister married and left home. Family life changed forever.
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  • I graduated and became a professional in the community – a huge step away from the child I had been only three years before.
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  • I fell in love, married, lived one year locally, then spent four years in different parts of the world … New Zealand, Great Britain, Europe, USA, Canada. Life was full of excitement and adventure.
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  • We returned home and settled in Tasmania. My new life would be away from the secure family base and familiar community I had grown up in.

In nine years I had transitioned from child to adult, girl to woman, student to professional, being one of a large extended family to being one half of a couple, moving from a life of security and stability to a life of unpredictability – yet excitement and adventure.

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This post is part # 2 of a series of a writing challenge sent to me by Catherine of catterel with the following guideline:

“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.”

This second post represents the second of my ‘new beginnings’ – becoming an adult. The train in the photo is heading to Sydney’s ‘City Circle’, which is where I would travel each day to University. The photo is taken on the same train station where I would daily catch the train.

Today I nominate Diana from talk to diana who always reads and comments on my posts and has been a supportive blogging friend for me. She is also facing a new chapter in her life and I wish her well.

I would also like to nominate Mimi at Waiting for the Karma Truck who has been following me from the very early days of my blog and I appreciate her constant support.

8 thoughts on “Photo Challenge # 2 – Transition from childhood to adulthood

  1. A lot of change and a lot of sadness as well in those 9 years Elizabeth. Hugs to you my friend. What exactly am I nominated for, Elizabeth? To post a photo and write about it? ❤
    Diana xo

    • Yes. It has been passed on to me from someone else and I gathered that it what it is. To post a photo each day and write a story, poem (or whatever) about the photo. make of it what you will!
      I decided to write a theme of five posts that relate to each other, but that is just me … I need to have a plan and it seemed logical to do it that way.
      Good luck xx

  2. I did not know about your years abroad from your home. Lots of exciting locations but sadly, yoir family went through a lot of deaths. Way too many for you and siblings, too. Too young to lose your father and other special members, Elizabeth.
    My heart gives it to your younger self . . .
    I married young and soon had my 2 children and our first house. I lived only 3 hours away but still felt separated by miles from home. I joined AAUW and Welcome Wagon, deciding to stay home and babysit my neighbors’ kids. Life seems to “turn on a dime.” You really have led an exciting life, Elizabeth.

    • yes, there was a lot happening. One copes at the time and it is only looking back that i realize that there were a lot of changes in only a few years.
      You coped SO well at such a young age.
      I admire you for that.

  3. Ah Elizabeth – your eloquence (and your consistency) have amazed and delighted me from the beginning. I am honored that you would even remember me, let alone nominate me. I”m struggling to get back into the groove of blogging again – so this is a commitment that I may not be able to fulfill – for I just posted my first blog after a year, and am feeling more than a little tentative. But thank you thank you – first and foremost, for your talent and transparency and heart.

    • Thanks for your praise of me. I really appreciate it. I understand what you mean about being tentative getting back into blogging. I have been low key of late too. I feel I have changed / am changing and my original theme is getting a bit lost (perhaps that is a good thing).

      Wishing you a joyous and peaceful 2016.

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