Those 4 weeks came and went so fast and before I knew it, I was back in the Australian desert working my butt off for 12 hours a day wondering, “what was the point of all this?” My head was in Australia, but my heart was still in Cambodia! I realised that happiness didn’t depend on where you lived, what gadgets you had and how much money you earned, but rather, doing something that had a purpose and benefited others more than yourself was where the key to real happiness and a meaningful life could be found.
Day by day I grew more restless and disillusioned with my life, even though I was enjoying the highest income and most luxurious lifestyle I’d ever had. I could go where I wanted, do what I wanted and buy what ever my heart desired, but all this meant nothing to me any more? It seemed that all I’d been taught about what would make you happy in life; – “go to school so you can get a good education, so you can get a good job, so you can earn lots of money, so you can buy a big house and have a big family…”, but never get to spend any time with them as you’re too busy working to make a living…. – it was all a load of ****! The Western world had lost the plot and we were all oblivious to it!
At the end of 2014 I’d had enough and handed in my resignation. I packed all my belongings into storage, rented out the house, sold the car and in January 2015 headed back to Samraong, to begin a new life of teaching at the school and exploring the ancient wonders of Cambodia.
Ironically, the first day I started back at the school was “Australia Day”, the 26th January, 2015. But while it was a national public holiday back home, here I was standing in front of 65 brand-new, bright-eyed Beginner students on their first day at Greenway School!