A few days ago for some reason we were talking about our travels, and suddenly remembered that it was exactly, on the day, five years since we arrived in Fiji (yeah I know, we acknowledge strange anniversaries like this in my family). And I realized too that then it must be more or less five years since I started reading my first Jane Austen book. I checked my old journal from back then (oh my! My spelling was horrid at the time! And the grammar wasn’t too fabulous either…) to see if I had marked down the exact date I began. It would appear I had. And that day was the same as this, only five years ago.
In the very beginning of my blogging “career” I wrote a post on how I was first introduced to Jane Austen and my experience in first reading a book by her (Emma). And now I got thinking about it all again. As I said when I wrote that post, I had first made an unsuccessful attempt at reading the book, but given up straight away. And it wasn’t until I was “stuck” on this paradise island in the Fijian archipelago of the Yasawas without anything to read that I decided to give it one more chance. And I was thinking now, what if I hadn’t? Who knows, I might never have read a Jane Austen book! I might never have read any other classics either, since that was one of the ones that got me started, so to speak. I might never have watched any of the screen adaptations. I might never have decided to get into sewing, since the thing that really got me going with that was finding the Sense & Sensibility site and wanting to make myself a Regency dress. I might never have started this blog. I might never have attended the Jane Austen festival. And all the wonderful friends I have made as a result of getting into any of these things, I might never have met them!
So thinking about that time I feel utterly grateful! Grateful that things turned out the way they did. Grateful to Fiji, for in a way opening up this world to me. I little knew at the time how much that would influence my life. And I am grateful, because I love this beautiful world that has been opened up to me so much!
Dear me, I am getting all sentimental here aren’t I?! 😉 It is of course quite likely that somehow or other I would have gotten around to reading some of these books and doing some of these things anyway. But you never know…
I must say I wouldn’t mind a week or two there right now. And I could always bring some book that I have planned to read but never got around to. Who knows where that could take me… 😉