Tomorrow marks six months of being in Port Lincoln. I had dreamt of marking that six months by jumping on a plane to the Gold Coast for Pro-blogger, but alas it wasn’t to be, on account of about a hundred different reasons, but you get that.
Maybe next year. 🙂
Anyway, I thought there should be some kind of momentous post about moving, but what to say? I already did the farewell Darwin thing, and I’m determined to be where I am and not look back all the time. Occasionally the word ‘home’ still pops out when I least expect it. Odd because we’re here now and this is home. You’ve got to be where you are; bloom where you’re planted and all the other clichés.
But moving was a big event of course, and one that doesn’t need to be glossed over in favour of moving forward. Life is obviously different, and that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s just different. We live somewhere different, we do (somewhat) different things, and we know different people. It’s a great time to stop and reevaluate; to change how we do things. To look at life in a slightly different way.
Having said that, there’s so much that hasn’t changed; so many things that stay the same no matter where you are. It’s refreshing. Even though life goes at a hundred miles an hour, when you stop and look it, you find it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d mark six months in South Australia by sharing five things I’ve learned from moving that prove that even when everything is different, it’s kind of exactly the same.
And so presenting:
1. The sound of rain on a roof is the same wherever you are.
It was one thing I was worried about; as a Territorian I am genetically engineered to love rain, and especially a good rain that soaks into everything, and turns everything the most brilliant shades of green. For me rain heralds the start of Christmas and a relief from the heat. Here, it’s different. A different time of year for starters, and it’s cold, and makes you want to stay inside and read books and play lego. But it’s still beautiful rain, and I love it. Especially at night, when I close my eyes and can almost imagine it’s the tropics outside my window and Christmas is just around the corner….
2. People look the same everywhere.
It’s true; everyone has a twin. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been out and thought, ‘hey that’s so-and-so,’ but of course it’s not. They don’t live here. And whether it’s just my mind playing tricks on me to make me feel at home, it’s kind of nice knowing that everyone’s kind of the same. Even if it’s just a little bit.
3. You can always talk about the weather.
Need a conversation ice-breaker? Just try, ‘how’s this weather?’ and alter inflection depending on your view-point. Weather is the great conversation equalizer. Everyone has an opinion whether they are cold, hot or just loving the sunshine. It may be a fickle thing in practice, but weather is a constant for conversation.
4. Kindness is the universal language.
When you move somewhere new, you’re lucky if you know anyone. When we moved to Port Lincoln, we were warned making friends wasn’t easy. Apparently it’s a cliquey place; ‘Give it twelve months to two years,’ people said. ‘That’s how long it takes to make friends.’
Well six months on, and I’m never short of a coffee date. Kindness is free and easy, and if you put yourself out there, people respond. It’s easy to not feel the need too much when you know everyone and have plenty of friends, but when you’ve got none, it’s a great reminder.
5. People will always surprise you.
And it’s good to let them. When everything’s new, it can be sheer information overload at times, and easy to put people in boxes based on what you see of them. But if you give people half a chance you may find that the box you gave them was not only totally wrong, but should be thrown out all together. There are some beautiful people out there. And if you give them a chance, you can find out just how awesome they are.
And a bonus number 6. (Because bloggers always give bonus points.)
Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where you make it.
Location matters squat when you’ve got the people you love most, and an attitude that will give anything a go.
Luckily, I’ve got both. 🙂
Have you ever made a substantial move?
Do you like Alpaca’s (I love them in an almost weird way).
How’s the weather at your place?