We’ve been away for 2 ½ months, but it feels longer. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my life in Toronto, and it seems like a distance memory. It’s amazing how quickly humans can adapt. I hope that is the case when I go back to work in September. I wonder how long it will take me to get back into my regular routine?
There are things I definitely miss about life in Toronto:
-Being able to see my sisters (& their hubbies) whenever I want
-A pay cheque
-Our cute condo (that I’m excited to do some re-decorating to when we get back!)
-My engagement ring (not safe to take it with me)
-Walking my dog (walking a dog is a funny thing…it goes from a chore to something you look forward to; time alone to think, get some exercise & bond with your pet)
-My kitchen, and my juicy kitchen gadgets
-Organic pre-washed baby spinach, feta cheese, hummus, frozen berries, Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, organic edamame, black beans, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, President’s Choice
-The English language – it’s going to be so strange (but amazing) to understand what people are saying
-St. Lawrence Market
-Shoppers Drug Mart
-The weekly Metro flyer
That being said, life is about give & take. Things that will be challenging about going home:
-Getting back into work – will I remember how to do my job?
-Not dictating my own work schedule
-Having to actually put make-up on, blow-dry my hair, wear a bra and put together a decent professional-looking outfit (I’ve been wearing tank tops with a bikini top & jean shorts on a regular basis)
-Getting up with an alarm at 6:30am – when it’s dark & cold
-Walking the dog when it’s early, dark & cold
-Re-joining the rat race
I guess that’s the thing about life; you have to take the good with the bad.
It’s the same with my life these days. Even though I’m not working, it’s 30 degrees everyday and I can pretty much do whatever I want; there are different challenges that come with this situation:
-Being lost in translation – sometimes I miss those random locker-room conversations with other women at the gym
-The feeling of being in limbo with my career: will I be a good nutritionist one day? Did I make the right decision? How am I going to start this business?
-Being able to walk to the grocery store or post office by myself again – it’s not safe enough here
-English magazines – the smutty mags just aren’t the same here…I have no clue who the celebs are!
-The comforts of home
All that being said; how you handle “the bad” depends on your attitude. Putting my life on hold has made me realize that I took things for granted at home. When I go back in September I’m going to look at those things I miss with a newfound appreciation, and try to take “the bad” with a grain of salt.