I am staring out at the Leipzig horizon from window of my in-laws, wondering about what to write. Most have noticed that my presence in the blog world has gone astray being enveloped in these two words called routine and enjoyment. The last 8 weeks have encompassed German school, trips to Prague and Milan and taking in all the local festivities of Christmas and New Years in Germany all for the very first time.
Waking up to 2014 was a slight headache because sparkling wine and I have never gotten along. 72 hours later I am using this time to reflect on some of the decisions and accomplishments that I’ve made personally and as a duo with Klaus the past 365 days. Like most, I must give myself a pat on the back and confidently say that it was a job well done.
Many would have taken bets on our move to Germany five years ago. We thought we had it all figured out in our risque imagination – move to Leipzig, settle down, have two kids according to a witch, watch our kids grow while we both continue our career paths in one way or another. I would learn to speak perfect German like how Julia Roberts learned Italian in “Eat, Pray, Love”.
It was not always like this. More than our fingers and toes can count have we thought about staying in Edmonton to build on what we already had – a satisfying life. A-type personalities have a way in magnifying every little decision and hence our move to Leipzig was close to becoming this dream that never was. It was not until a few fateful events that made me really sit down and examine the simplicity of the situation.
“Men”, said the little prince, “set out on their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about, and get excited, and turn round and around…”
– Antoine de Saint Exupery.
Not many people get this opportunity to jet set across the ocean to live and when people do get the opportunity, it is easier to keep it as a dream, stowed away in a safe place. I realized this was true half-way through our move as it was a lot of self-inflicted work, and everything that was once so familiar was then and still is a blur in the shadow. And the winding doubt that crept into ones mind became all-encompassing.
Maybe it wasn’t the best decision of our lives, but it was sure as heck the bravest and now the privilege is ours to have taken this chance to peer life on the other side.
Looking back at the year 2013 we watched friends say their vows and said hello to new little beginnings, we built on existing relationships and renewed lost ones, we didn’t say our farewells but “See you later”, we travelled to places familiar and unbeknownst to me, we continued to grow but stayed the same.
Here’s to you and a curious year in 2014. Who knows what the New Year will bring. Carpe Diem.