Patience in a New Home
There was a line in Cam’s last blog post that got me thinking. He was talking about his personal response to moving to Scotland and he made a parenthetical note along the lines that this is not something that I signed up for.
The more I have been thinking about this, the more I have been reminded of a few things. First of all, he is right, I didn’t sign up for this. Living in Scotland was never, never on my radar. The end?
But… (there is always a but!) but, the flip side of course, is that I did sign up for it. I signed up for it when I took vows and said ‘I do’ just over six years ago.
Change has become a life-long friend, so in some respects, I should be well-prepared for another change. I have joked to a few friends of late that surely I am too old to be sleeping on the couch (what we have had to do the last few nights). You see, I grew up with change around me… mucho change. I have approximately forty-five houses under my belt (but who is counting?), plus seven different towns/cities, four countries, and three continents. Ok…this sounds messed up!
This morning I sit in a new flat, in a new city and need to starting making new friends. And to be honest, this sounds exhausting. I have to introduce myself again. I have to explain how we ended up here. And at some point, I have to be vulnerable with some new friends. I have also joked with people that I wish after the first handshake I could hand people a CD with my story up to now and then they can decide if they want to keep talking to me. I say this in jest – but sorta serious. But, I know that friendships take time and half of it is sitting, listening and sharing a little at a time as you walk together. Patience, Taryn, Patience.
When I reflect a little more. I think about a normal girl from a small town in South Australia who never wanted to leave Australia. Today I have dear, dear friends in Australia, Colombia, and the United States. Who would have thought? My life is all the more richer when I think about all those who have shared life with me, thus far. I may be exhausted but this experience is not lost on me. I am truly excited about the days ahead, what I will learn and who I will learn it from. I know I will grow and change from this experience and those whom I meet. And for this reason, why wouldn’t I sign up?
Here’s to tomorrow…and being patient.
P.S. and Calvin dropped my phone in the toilet last night. Patience, Taryn. Patience.
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