Life in Sydney: Circular Quay and Tavi Gevinson
Let me take a moment to brag about my homeland. This is what it looks Australia looks like in the middle of winter. Isn't it beautiful? A few Sundays ago, I paid a visit to Circular Quay as I bought a ticket to see Tavi Gevinson's talk, Tavi's Big Big World (At 17), at the Sydney Opera House. I thought I'd get there early to have a stroll around the area, grab some lunch and check out The Rocks Markets, and it was the perfect day to do so. Being a gorgeous day and the weekend, it was such a vibrant and alive atmosphere to be surrounded by. Perhaps being a tourist in your own country is a little lame, but whatever, I'm from Perth, which has the nickname of "Dullsville", so finding joy and excitement in the little things comes easy to me.
I met up with Jess at the Sydney Opera House and we went to see Tavi Gevinson together. If you aren't familiar with this young, inspiring and creative individual, Tavi basically started her own fashion blog at age eleven and now at seventeen, is the creator of Rookie Magazine. Her online magazine is written by teenage girls for teenage girls and while I'm well into my twenties now, I think girls and women, no matter what age, can take a lot from what she says about pop culture, feminism, fashion, growing up and just life in general. Wise beyond her years, I found myself listening intently to every word she had to say and feeling so inspired. As she spoke about fangirling, she made me feel like it was totally okay to have been a major Friends and Spice Girls fanatic back in the 90s/early 2000s and that it was okay not to have everything totally figured out. But then again, who really does?
She talked about the Internet and the way it shapes us, which got me thinking how I probably wouldn't be the person who I am today if weren't for the ridiculous amount of time I spend online. The music I listen to, the TV shows and films I watch, the clothes I wear and the products I buy have all been influenced by the Internet and I see that as a good thing. As I've grown older, the more I like who I've become and the more certain I feel about myself and know myself. It's hard to describe, but I really do love and feel proud of all those little things that fill up my life. I think in high school, you kind of just follow what you're friends are doing because you don't really know anything outside of that world, but as I look back, the Internet has had a huge impact on my life. My taste in music totally change (for the better!), I found a love for indie and arthouse films I otherwise wouldn't have known about, and of course, I found a passion in blogging. This little space on the Internet is now my pride and joy, though I just wish I had more time to invest in it.
At the end of her talk, Tavi was interviewed by Benjamin Law, who is a contributor to Frankie Magazine. Through his questions, he provided even more insight into Tavi's world and how she sees it, though I can't say the same from the audience questions. They were mostly vague, unanswerable and just plain didn't make sense. I actually felt a little second-hand embarrassment! I left the Sydney Opera House feeling inspired by her Big Big World - more sure and confident in myself, who I am and who I want to be.
Jess and I later browsed around Priceline and Topshop, and sat down at the food court for a chat and some ice cream. It was by far one of my favourite days I've spent here in Sydney.