Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Revelations & Regrets

"You learn to take life as it comes at you... To make each day count"

It's been two months this week since I left New York. I feel like I'm assimilating; I feel like I've settled in. I'd like to get this visa thing sorted out so that I can get working & we can finally get into our own place, but I'm taking a deep breath and (impatiently) giving it time.

Deciding to leave my life behind in America has taught me several really important lessons along the way. First, I don't need stuff. No one needs "stuff". You need to clothe yourself, and maybe you need a few nostalgic momentos. You need a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head (most of the time). I've been a bit of a pack rat, to be honest. I always felt that I needed every little gadget and thing - and a back stock of it - to have a functioning home. But it's ok. I don't have a stash of 8000 types of tea, every tool or gadget imaginable, and piles of clothes that I never wear, and I'm happier this way. Removing the weight of stuff from my life removed a lot of the stress from my life. Waste not, worry not. Or something.

Also, I can adapt. I can be flexible. When we made "the big decision", I was kicking and screaming and reluctantly agreeing. I didn't want to have to change my whole life. I didn't want to have to learn the ins and outs of a whole new place - that would be way too hard, right? Oh wait.
I went from living in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia, to NYC (and lived alone in both places, I might add)... and I can't even use the "I'm too old for this" excuse, because I mean, I'm 25. Shut up, me.

That being said, the homesickness (if you want to call it that) is starting to sink in. I'm not sure it's homesickness, though, because I never really called NYC home - at least, that's what I thought.
I miss my family, of course, but I am used to being away from them for extended periods of time, because I've lived hours away in a different city for years.
I do miss knowing  where things are. I miss knowing my way around. Knowing the subway weekend schedule like the back of my hand, and where to get the best bowl of hangover cure noodles in Chinatown.I miss knowing what was coming, what was down the street, how to get where I needed to go.  I miss all the places where I was a regular. I miss those magical powers that could navigate me home from my bar like a big drunk homing pigeon. I MISS REAL COFFEE. 

And I miss my weird ass friends. A lot.

But to lighten the mood, here's a list of things that I don't miss at all:
Crappy processed food (the chicken at McDonalds here isn't square OR grey. Gasp!)
Angry humans dressed in black (everyone seems to be so much more colorful outside of New York)
The noise. Enough said.
Fear of being shot anytime I walk outside at night
Overpriced organic foods
Overpriced everything (screw you, New York, and your $8 beers)


  1. I can't imagine how big of a change it must be to pick up and move like that! But it's good to hear you are starting to settle in and I look forward to hearing about your new adventures in your new town!

  2. I just moved away from my home in Florida during the month of June to here in Australia. I'm currently on a 1 year visa, but we're looking to get me a permanent visa. I'm a little homesick from time to time, but I'm adjust quite fine out here. It's just changing your normal routines to your new home, that's what I'm getting used to. Good luck with England! My friend lived there for a while and loved it!

    1. I'm definitely loving it - but it IS a big change! (Sort of like, I don't know, Florida to Australia, lol!)
      It's all part of the adventure - that's what I really love about it!

  3. Just think of all the adventures you'll be able to plan, the cobbled lanes to explore and new tastes to try!

    1. Totally! So many new things to do and see... I can't sit still!

  4. I agree with Emma! And homesickness will fade too! x

  5. I completely agree with you on this post! I'm sure you know all too well since you've moved from places but for me, after moving from California to Hawai'i, I realized I had too much "stuff" in California (just like you said). I left most of my clothes back home at my mom's house and I have a few clothes here but not too many. I don't have cable because internet can suffice for the time being. I don't even have a headboard but I'm perfect fine with just a mattress. I don't even have a car (I left it at my mom's). I'm happier here than I've ever been and just one of the joys of moving. I get homesick still but I regret nothing. Thank you for sharing this post!


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