This week’s quote is by the French author Anatole France.
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.”
This is particularly relevant in my life right now. I have to leave behind my life of leisure in Costa Rica, the company of my family and my friends, the well known routine, and the familiar environment.
On the other hand, I will be traveling to Canada for the Fall term, experiencing the change from Summer to Fall to Winter, visiting some places I have come to know and love, working alongside a good friend, having access to great libraries, and having more control on my schedule.
I will need to adapt to many changes, alter my routines and habits, include time for work (both on my blog and on my dissertation), and hopefully include some self-care time as well. I will also be moving to a new place as soon as I arrive and will have to find my things in the not-so-well-packed and under-labelled boxes I left behind four months ago.
Some life altering decisions are coming this term too, like continuing with my current career, putting it on hold, or quitting it altogether in favor of a new, more creative one. I also need to decide whether I’ll stay in Canada for another year, or I’ll return to Costa Rica at the end of this term.
How do you cope with change? Do you have any self-care strategies that help you in times of great stress? Please comment below.
Keep going, my friends.