The Stress of Moving

It is impossible to do anything large. Move across the country? Impossible. Change careers? Ludicrous. Finish a large project? Just doesn’t happen.

We often get trapped into our goals and what we want. We think about what will happen once we’ve moved or once we’ve changed careers or after we’ve finished that large project. But thinking about the end doesn’t get us there.

Everyone has heard about the journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step. It’s so simple, so well-worn that it bounces off our brains. It doesn’t mean anything. Sure, sure, one step at a time? But what’s a step?

Along with a lot of people last year, COVID-19 knocked my family on our ass. It changed our financial prospects and got me thinking about having to leave a province I imagined myself growing old in. We made the decision to leave, to do this impossible thing, and we did it with steps, because that’s all we can do.

What’s a step?

It’s discovering that government document that you don’t have anymore is super important as it turns out.

It’s finding child care during pandemic.

A step is dealing with realtors. It’s cleaning the house.

Each bout of tears? Steps.

Steps are possible. Anything larger than steps? Someone’s selling something. The good thing about steps? You take enough of them and you’ll get where you’re going.

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One Response to The Stress of Moving

  1. Lynn Ross February 5, 2021 at 4:33 am #

    Such a good description of ‘the process’. Wishing you all the best in your new surroundings. Lynn Ross x

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