Just over 6 years ago, I said goodbye to suburbia and hello to the City Bowl. In four weeks time, I will be heading back to the suburbs to live in the most gorgeous cottage ever. Crazy as it seems, this has all happened quite quickly. I have of course been making vague noises about getting out of a city flat and into a real home for as long as I can remember. But now it is actually happening. For really reals!
I’m not quite ready to purchase property (and have medium to long-term plans to take over my parent’s place at some point – paying them rent is just like a bond, right?) but this is still a big move for me. Over the past 6 years, I have gone through some terrible things that I still can’t think or talk about. I have also had some of the best years of my life during this time. I have had screaming matches and tears on Long Street in the early hours. I have met more people than I can remember. I have worked my way up from being a struggling 9to5er slash moonlighting freelancer to a tired and overworked freelancer who has somehow made a success of things. I turned 30. Then 31 and now 32. I have made friends with all the street kids and bergies in my neighbourhood, as well as the local cafe owners and chemist. I have broken and rehealed too.
Somewhere along the road, I grew up. Crazy nights stopped being as important as meeting deadlines and finding free time to just breath. I realised just how important my family is to me and I learned how to let go of all the mehs I was carting around with me. I accepted that a lot of those mehs could not be cured by otters and chocolate, and faced up to the big scary beast called clinical depression. I took control over that beast and showed it who’s boss. You could even say that I nailed its head to my proverbial stake in the yard.
Most importantly of all, I found that being a grownup is actually pretty awesome. All of those lessons and hard times and 6 day weeks and growing up stuff has been worth every tear, sacrifice and effort.
In 4 weeks, me and my cats pack up our stuff and begin a new phase. Out of the city, and into to suburbs!