During my time studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, a small group and I were able to make a weekend trip out to Queensland. It was a fun filled weekend full of non-stop adventure. We did everything from scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reefs to bungee jumping in the Rainforest. We enjoyed beers on the deck of a yacht and even went crocodile watching in the evening.
With a weekend filled with so many activities, I immediately wanted to post all my pictures on Facebook. As soon as I could, up came the snorkeling and the bungee jumping photos, accompanied with cheesy captions of “I found Nemo!” and “Crossing that one off the bucketlist.” It truly was one remarkable trip and I loved all the social media hype that came along.
Three years have passed since my trip to Queensland and I can still easily say that it was one of the best weekends of my life. However, looking back at my time there, the memories I cherish most from that weekend trip are no longer quite the same. While at the time I was so excited about the big activities I was doing, I had completely overlooked the little things.
Now, the memories that I hold most dear from my trip aren’t the bungee jumping or the scuba diving. Instead, the little moments steal the show. I now want to go back to the moment when I started off my day by jumping into a stream that ran deep in the Daintree Rainforest. The temperature was perfect, and the water was so crystal clear, the swim might as well have been my morning shower. Or when I got a taste of a lemon-limey, energy-filled zest after licking the butt of a Green Tree Ant (no joke, it’s an old Aborigine trick) during our hike along within the rainforest. And the moment to top them all off was when I stepped onto the sands of Cape Tribulation and had completely lost my breath. The blue oceans and the Great Barrier Reef were to one side, and the rich greens of the Daintree Rainforest were on the other — it was paradise.
When studying abroad, every student wants nothing less than to live it up. And you should! But the one piece of advice that I had never received was to never overlook those little moments. There are times I wish that I could have soaked it in just a bit longer, because looking back at my time abroad, for me it’s the little moments that take the biggest places in my heart.