This post originally looked a lot different, maybe a bit bitter and snarky. But I put it on ice, so here it is – dusted off and half-full.
Moving to another country is hard at first. You are so used to your routine, but then you have to relearn everything a little bit. You have to do 5 laps around the grocery store before you realize chicken broth is not sold in cans, but in a little condensed bottle. Just small things that you don’t think of can be very frustrating. True story – the first time I went grocery shopping alone I was so overwhelmed I almost started crying (Guess what time of the month that was). After several laps around the meat department I was like “GOOD LORD WHERE IS THE GROUND TURKEY!” Only to find they don’t have any. In the whole country.
So for me, that combined with Jeff not having sticks and other things was like a crap fest. We were 4,000 miles away from home in a new place, and things were weird. But like everything in life, it got better. Jeff now has sticks, a new coach, and we are pretty much professional bus/train riders. Everything we experience is an opportunity to learn something new and we are lucky we get to do it in a pretty cool setting.
I think the most important lesson in life in learning to stay positive, especially when you’re feeling a little like Eeyore. Negativity really breeds negativity, and what builds character is learning from experiences, moving forward, and knowing everything is temporary – things get better. And when you are still feeling like crap – give yourself a pep talk. Listen to some 70’s funk. Go for a walk and bask in the moments you will never get back. Remember, wallowing beneath your miserable grey cloud serves no one. You only get one short life, how you live it is up to you.
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