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I remember often being picked last for teams in primary school sport activities. I remember being a clumsy person. I remember trying to walk in heels keeping nay legs together. I so wanted to look like my peers--a bit taller, slimmer and in control of things like high heels.
The truth is I was, and still am, most often described as a person who was not too good at sports but did like to read. People tended to describe me as brainy and serious. That is how I recall my early years.
With age I came to think that who I am is OK. I discovered I really enjoyed drawing and was happy exploring countries different to Australia and reading books that let my imagination wander. I believed that by working hard I could try whatever I wanted--should I really want.
At age 24, not having enough money or traveling alone for a year did not get in the way of an opportunity for me to …