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Be who you wanna be – a moving tale

It has been simply too long since I wrote a blog post. We have moved cities – it has been a big deal. And so totally absorbing.

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Blogging just can’t compete with 3D tetris – otherwise known as packing boxes. And blogging just can’t compete with unpacking those very same boxes and working out where everything should live in a completely new set up. And blogging can’t compete with remembering where all your things now live, what each light switch does, and where the light switch you need is anyway.

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No blogging has had to wait. Until now.

In a spontaneous Facebook challenge I asked my fan club what I should blog about now – “Moving” was top of the pops. So Karen, Lisa, Andre, Tamar and Mordi – these thoughts are for you.

You lose some you win some

Moving has been a process of gains and losses.

We’ve lost the ability to walk to buy or do whatever it is we wanted – fish, bread, milk, meat, a couple of lemons, post office, banking etc BUT we’ve gained an air-conditioned house with a driveway – that’s pretty cool after 20 years of driving around the block trying to park (no pun intended). Kind of makes it worthwhile to take the car out for a sprig of parsley.

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We’ve lost close by family that can drop in unexpectedly – a truly big loss BUT we’ve gained readier access to old friends as well as the chance to make a world of new friends too. And that’s something to treasure in and of itself.

We’ve lost our chooks – no more fresh, fresh eggs, no more party tricks and instant conversation starters BUT we’ve gained a funky decorative chook from South Melbourne market  (well we like her anyway!!). We named her “Penny 2” – and the garden is a lot neater and cleaner too.

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We’ve lost yellow and black number plates BUT gained blue and white plates that look pretty cool on a blue car. A small compensation for changing identity I suppose.

We’ve lost the wonderful and breath-taking sea-green vista of Bondi BUT we’ve gained a house with a view of greenery from every window and a really neat internal courtyard. We’ve got solar heating and recycled water too – so truly green living – and that, in it’s own way, is breathtaking too.

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We’ve lost a hot, humid Sydney summer BUT gained 4 x 40+ degree days in a row in a record breaking heatwave – yep – having aircon is blessedly cool.

We’ve lost the comfort of the familiar and the known BUT gained an adventure in experiencing the unknown and uncertain. (I think adventure is a rather nice reframe for “stress” don’t you?)

We’ve lost our place in the community and our reputations – we are unknowns in the new community and need to carve out a space BUT we’ve gained the ability to recreate and reinvent ourselves in marvellously unexpected ways. It brings new meaning to “Be who you wanna be”.

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So who do I wanna be anyway?

So who will I turn out to be? How will I grow and change throughout this process? The truth is this process of change has only just started. There’s a way to go yet in settling in, finding a niche, and exploring this strange new world called Melbourne.

But I’m determined to make the most of it and be a better person for the experience. How this carnival ride we are on will pan out I don’t know – but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. So hold on and enjoy the ride.

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1 Comment

  1. My wife thinks she is the tetris master so she refuses to let anyone else even pack something as small suitcase. Good luck with your move.

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