Archive post from February 2018 – In the words of both my favourite Green Day song and Hull FC’s old ground – the Boulevard.
My Boulevard of broken dreams started as the 8th February approached, the day I should have been on a flight to Australia, I still hadn’t been to watch my beloved team play and a few of my friends had already started their travels.
For as long as I can remember my one wish has been to visit Australia. It all started when I was about 16 years old and a barmaid who worked in our local had her niece visiting from Perth, even then it sounded so exciting and something I knew I wanted to experience.
On my 50th birthday, I went to Scotland for a week with the Mowgli and some friends and that’s where I met Donna who was visiting from Australia and we just clicked and got on like a house on fire from the first instance.
When Donna went home I promised I would go and visit her at some point and I truly meant it, so when the opportunity came for me to visit my friend and watch the team I have followed for more than 30 years play their first game in Australia there was no way I was going to miss it.
Hull FC v Wigan – Australia 2016
Donna found out about this game before we did in the UK and had already told me to just get a flight and I could stay with her, this seemed the perfect opportunity and after a brief discussion with my friend Amanda, it was agreed we would book flights for me, her, her dad and her son.We were all so excited and planned what we would do when we got there, how many people we would meet etc., Click To Tweet
We were all so excited and planned what we would do when we got there, how many people we would meet etc.,
And very quickly my GP strongly advised me not to travel. So after discussions with Amanda and Donna, I made the decision not to go.
In all honesty, I couldn’t have managed it I know that now but it didn’t hurt any less the fact I was going to miss my trip of a lifetime.
Friends arriving in Australia
The photo’s where coming thick and fast on social media and I was getting more and more down, so much so that one day I just stayed in bed all day and switched myself off.
Yes, the, why me? questions came that day. As I am sure they will again at some point.
But it was hard to see people I should have been with enjoying themselves, doing the things I should have been doing.
Then I saw a picture of one of my best friends who is recovering from breast cancer and she was meeting family that a year previous to that there was a possibility she wouldn’t ever see again, and seeing her so happy and smiling just made everything right for me because at that moment that was all that mattered and my pity party was over as quickly as it started.
I am truly thrilled for everyone who had such an amazing time, there are rumours of a return visit in a couple of years, that is my goal now, I will get to Australia……