Thursday, April 17, 2008
Moving house — stressful, hard, but still exciting
They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do.
But, hey, it’s also pretty exciting at the same time, right?
Sure, our wee house that we are leaving behind presently looks like someone set off a hand grenade in a clothes and book store, but that’s all part of the adventure.
At least that’s what my wife, Ally, and I are telling ourselves. Of course, there is a lot to think about and it can be frustrating and stressful.
But you have to remember the bottom line is that often, when you are moving house, it’s to somewhere better than where you are currently living.
Yes, there are many people whose circumstances see them having to downgrade and downsize to properties that aren’t ideal.
But for a great many of us, moving to a new home is an exciting new development in our lives and one we should remember to be grateful for.
There are plenty of people out there, less well off than we are, who would gladly swap places with us and happily put up with a little bit of stress and inconvenience for the chance of a nice, new and bigger home.
One advantage we have is that we are not moving very far - in fact, just a few yards since we are buying the house we live next door to!
It’s a bit bigger than ours on the inside, while outside, our new garden is about five or six times the size of our present garden and even includes a small woodland area.
Ally’s already got the section picked out where she wants to keep chickens, while I will have the pick of two large wooden outbuildings in which to finally achieve my life-long dream of creating my own martial arts dojo _ for those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘dojo’ translates as ‘place of the way’. The ‘way’ in question is the way of martial arts.
We’ve also had plenty of offers of help from family and friends for the move, although actual moving day will almost certainly not go exactly according to plan.
It never does, so you’ve got to be able to just deal with it at the time.
Of course, my wife and I are now having those typical ‘moving home’ conversations that usually start with something like: ‘you’re not really going to keep that old...’ with the last word interchangeable between books, records, favourite items of clothing now so worn they are just hanging together by a few threads.
But as well as it being a lot of work, I know we’ll also have plenty of laughs in the process.
And that’s the key - seeing something for what it really is. Moving house may be a lot of work with a wee bit of stress chucked in, but it’s hardly like taking part in the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You’ve got to keep things in perspective. My friend Linda, who writes for The South Reporter, tells me she has just lost her Uncle Jack.
Losing a family member - now there’s a tough call that’s pretty stressful to deal with.
We’re just packing a few boxes and bags.
Mark Entwistle is the chief reporter for The Southern Reporter, Selkirk, The Borders, Scotland. The South Reporter also sends a column to that newspaper.
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