Something happened several years ago.
We up and moved to the suburbs.
And we became suburbians. Suburbanites. Um… martians. Unrecognizable to ourselves.
Prompted to move by my parents’ getting on in years, the Viking and I left Maui along with our then toddler daughter in tow, and made our way back to the mainland.
We thought we’d be there just for a short time.
Then life was like LOL.
So there we were, new place, new job, and now two little ones who would become the center of all major decision-making.
After years of promising ourselves to move to a place where we knew our hearts longed to be and we thought would be best for our kids — we did it. We found a modest place with a lot of open space and room for the running of the people and the animal sort. Along the way you learn a lot about yourself and the experience. Here’s 10 (there’s way more) things we discovered (and endured) along the way.
1- There is no perfect place. There’s only the place you’re supposed to be at that moment in time.
2- Your kids will most likely disagree with the majority of the plans you share with them.
3- Moving sucks. Period.
4- You’ll doubt yourself and might even have moments of panic.
5- Buying and selling a house should come with copious amounts of alcohol and end with therapy.
6- See #2.
7- You’ll trade in one type of bug population for another.
8- Internet connection in somewhat rural areas is a crap-shoot.
9- You have to undue your addiction to convenience.
10- You’ll never be the same. That’s the good part.
It’s a daunting task, changing directions in life. Major changes, whether it’s moving or a healthy lifestyle overhaul, is likely the most uncomfortable undertaking ever. But the alternative is complacency, stagnation, and unhappiness. That thought kept us motivated and when, it all settled down, grateful beyond words.
What I would love to know is what has been your takeaway from a major change? Do you feel it is/was worth it?