Last weekend we helped some close friends move 125 miles to start a new life in Norfolk. I am very excited for them (apart from anything else their new house is amazing!) but also very sad that my closest friend is now 4 hours away.
Part of the mixed bag of emotions I’m feeling is linked to wondering whether we’ll ever get the opportunity to start ‘a new life’ somewhere else. My Other Half was adamant that he wouldn’t stay in the town he went to university in and before I found out I was pregnant with Meg we had started to look at a move to Australia. Of course the pregnancy stopped that in it’s tracks, so we ended up staying where we were (in my Other Half’s university town!).
A month or so ago I wrote about the possibility of change for us and that was linked with a job opportunity in New Zealand. Unfortunately that fell through but the more I think it over the more I know I’m experiencing ‘itchy feet syndrome’ and the feeling of wanting to be somewhere else!
We’re both heavily involved in our community here and my parents moved to be closer once we’d had Meg so in some ways it’s difficult to see how we would ever manage to move on. Plus, Meg will be starting school next September so we’d really like to avoid upheaval, but all that considered…I would still love to move!!
I don’t want to stay in the same place simply because we never had the ‘guts’ to try somewhere new. Equally, I don’t want to stay because we feel like we have to. At the very least it should be because we want to. It’s not because I think that moving somewhere new will solve all our day to day troubles, I’m not so naive as that. I have always wanted to travel and whilst having children has momentarily suspended that dream, it is quite possibly what is driving my desire to move somewhere new. I want to experience something different!
I think at the moment we’re in the right place and we’ve got a lot going on here but (I don’t know how, and I don’t know when) at some point in the future I hope to be writing about an impending move!
And it’s exciting to think that in a few years everything could be different! Watch this space!