When she was six years old, Julia and her family had a second life in Sydney, where she met her partner’s parents and a boy with Down syndrome.
They were living in an old wooden house in a suburb of the city.
“It was a bit of a struggle,” Julia says.
“I was very protective of them, so I never said anything to them.”
After about five years in the house, Julia found out that her parents had died, leaving her alone with her two brothers.
She lived alone with them for a few years until she was about 14.
“When I was 14, I started thinking about it.
After leaving the house and starting a new life in the United States, Julia met her father, who was also living with his parents when he died of a heart attack. “
You just don’t know until you’re in the situation that you’re living in.”
After leaving the house and starting a new life in the United States, Julia met her father, who was also living with his parents when he died of a heart attack.
They lived in a small apartment, and Julia moved in with her mother and sisters.
“That was the moment that really set me on the path of going into second life,” she says.
After about a year, Julia moved back into the family’s home and reconnected with her siblings, who were living on a farm in a different part of Australia.
“The relationship I had with my parents was so strong,” she remembers.
“My mum was always the person that always took me to the grocery store.
My sisters were always around and always had me there.”
In the years that followed, Julia continued to grow and change.
She started to feel lonely and insecure, and her relationship with her family worsened.
“They didn’t love me.
So when I did feel that I could do something, I felt like it could be really important to my family and I could go out and do that and it would be good for them. “
And they made me feel so bad.
“It started to make sense to me that maybe I could make something out of it.” “
So I really thought that I needed to be that person.”
“It started to make sense to me that maybe I could make something out of it.”
Julia’s father passed away in 2015, and while Julia was still struggling with her transition into second-life, she felt a sense of fulfilment.
“Not just for myself, but for the whole family. “
But it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she continues.
When she started third life, Julia says it was “the most exciting thing” in her life. “
Because they didn, for my mum and dad and all the kids that I’ve been able to get to know, I think they really appreciate me for who I am.”
When she started third life, Julia says it was “the most exciting thing” in her life.
She went to live with her father in a cabin on a remote island, where her life in second-world countries was so isolated she didn’t see her mother or sister.
She also reconnected to the people she knew in the family, and met other people who had experienced first-world living, like her grandfather, a teacher and teacher assistant.
She even met a man from her childhood who was living in a house in Adelaide with his girlfriend.
She had no idea who this man was until they reconnected in 2019.
“For me, it was a big, huge change,” Julia remembers.
Julia was able to see her father and her grandfather again, and she started to explore what it was like to live on the other side of the world.
“After a while, I realised that there were things about that experience that really resonated with me, and that really connected with me,” Julia said.
And the way I see it, I want to be the person who’s there to give back to people who need it, and it was that feeling of being a part of that, of being part of a community, that really brought me home.” “
What I realised is that I wanted to be a full-time nurse.
And the way I see it, I want to be the person who’s there to give back to people who need it, and it was that feeling of being a part of that, of being part of a community, that really brought me home.”
“I’m just not used to being alone in the world” After moving into a new home in Australia, Julia became more open about her new life and started attending events like weddings and reunions.
Her life in a third world country became “more comfortable” and “normal”, and Julia felt more at ease.
But she also felt lonely.
“There was a period where I just felt really bad about it,” she said.