This week will be a strange one. My best friend (and love of my life) leaves for a whole new life.
I don’t know how much contact we will have or even how often he will be able to get in touch. We are going from contact several times each day to ‘radio silence’ at least for the foreseeable. He will be gone for 2.5 years.
I don’t want him to go, but I do want him to travel and experience the world as I have. I love him, but I can’t limit him. It just feels like there will be a gap in my days that nobody else can fill. I am not even sure when we will be able to visit each other or what he will be like when we do see each other again.
I keep thinking of what Red says about Andy in Shawshank Redemption
“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice, but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”
This is a little glimpse at what I have to deal with when I travel to work. I have been taking photos for a few days.
I can’t believe there hasn’t been more on the London news about the severe delays which have hit the District Line (the green line for any non-Londoners) for the past three days. Also the other line on the ‘axis of evil’, the Jubilee Line (the grey one) which was down from about 5pm yesterday and for most of the evening. When the SW Trains service towards Wimbledon is also not working (two evenings this week due to signal failure) it doesn’t leave you with much options but to sit it out.
I swapped a fairly comfortable (if long) journey from Brighton, East Sussex at the end of last year for the devil’s armpit that is travelling from Putney, SW London to Canary Wharf.
I have no clue how things will be during the Olympics. My advice to anyone coming here for the games is get walking! Avoid the Jubilee Line at all costs!
The upside is that my bike is getting more use now than it ever has – so maybe that is the silver lining to this grey cloud.
I want to live somewhere else. Not because of the state of the economy, not because I have a job that drains me of my humanity on a daily basis. I simply want to try a hand at living somewhere new. I don’t mean another city in the UK, I don’t mean trying it out for a few months and going back home. I mean making a go of living somewhere totally different.
Friends have told me they think I am “settled” here, and this is where my future lies, but it isn’t. I move from place to place, and I never feel like the place I have is home. I have been called ‘ungrateful’, as I live (or it is perceived that I live) a pretty good life here. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would be gone like a shot. the only question is ‘where do I want to go?’
Without being negative there are a few things that go against me being able to leave right now, the usual life responsibilities (except I don’t have children or a significant other). So I can’t say I have absolutely decided where I want to go. I think if I could pin it down to a place, then I would feel more like it was a real decision and I could put the wheels in motion to get there.
So, I put the question to you…If you could live anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why? Your answers would be appreciated