Flickr Friday: Unfamiliar

I have been making a lot of changes in my life: I moved out of my parents house, I changed jobs, I forced myself to keep in touch with more people and be more social; I changed my diet and lost a bit of weight; I picked up an exercise-type activity… and I’m not sure that I’m done changing.

I chose this photo because during the March 2009 edition of 26 Things for the word: unfamiliar. At the time, taking the subway was not a normal thing for me. It was foreign. These days, it’s how I get around. I miss driving, but I enjoy walking around and living close enough to things that I can walk to and from places. In heels.

I used to hate taking the subway to school when I was living in Scarborough because it was crowded, smelly and I had a huge ass backpack that I wasn’t allowed to keep on my back1. But these days… it’s one of the things I’m truly grateful for. I only wonder what unfamiliar thing I will come to love in days to come.

It helps to think of things like this when you feel like you’re not sure about things. And it reminds you that maybe… just maybe it’s ok to take risks sometimes. Now, I know… I know what you’re thinking. “Risks? WTF? You stopped driving2 and started taking the subway – what freakin’ risks were you taking?”

I’m talking about moving out of the safety of my parents’ home, where they were there to save me from myself at a moments notice. I’ve always felt independent but it’s not the same until you actually live on your own and have to fend for yourself. I still don’t consider myself that independent because I still get a lot of handouts from my3 mother who can’t resist but buy me some food when she goes grocery shopping4. And to that end, I guess I’ll never be truly independent because she’ll always be my Mum and she’ll always be who she is.

But anyway… I’m getting off track. I’m living a different life than I have for the last 27 and I’m happy for it. All I want to know is,

Is there something in your life that you can’t live without, but you never thought you’d be so glad to have?

Footnotes:
  1. where it was most comfortable[]
  2. had to, I couldn’t keep the car that belonged to my Dad[]
  3. very Filipina[]
  4. she doesn’t buy everything but even one onion is help in my eyes and so it doesn’t count[]

responses to “Flickr Friday: Unfamiliar” 4

  1. Since I moved I have missed my parents sometimes. Because I live nearby to my boyfriend’s parents, but my own parents are 3 hours drive away. So when something happens and I want advice, I don’t feel close enough to call on them for it. Thankfully nothing has really happened, but I still feel like I wish my parents were there to call upon or visit. But it is still interesting being independent and away from them, and I’m really happy with my life. Making changes is great even if scary!
    .-= Penny´s last blog ..A Safe Distance =-.

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  3. Yes! My girlfriend Natalie. We met at the beginning of first year and stayed friends throughout University, but we were just that – friends. We felt no special connection to each other but would definitely buy each other shots if we ran into each other at the bar (yes, that was how I judged my friendships – on alcohol).
    Incidentally, she moved to Calgary a week after I did. Now, if I didn’t have her in my life I would be sitting at the bottom of a well somewhere in Calgary, hiding from my life. She is one of the greatest people I have ever had the priveledge to know and we often talk about how it’s funny that we knew each other for four years before we really connected. And everyday, we are thankful for each other.
    And risks. Risks are what make life worth living. Risks encourage (and force us) to grow as individuals and find out who we really are. Bravo for your risks, no matter how mig or small they might be.
    Great post, Reggy!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..I had a dream. =-.

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