Leaving home (where are my friends?)

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I have made three major geographical moves now. Adelaide to Canberra (1000km), Canberra to Seattle (13,000km) and Seattle to Leuven (8000km). Each time I have been surprised at how easy it is to pack up and leave everything behind, and how rapidly you can achieve a state of normality in your new home (just a day or two). Yet at the same time, each time I am surprised at how emotionally draining it can be in the months that follow the move, with your friends now so far away. Finding new people to spend time with is difficult, everyone has their own group of friends already and you are busy investing time into your work and the more mundane aspects of settling in. I have been lucky to have worked with some of the most wonderful people I know, getting life changing friendships from my colleagues, but I also feel ashamed when I move at how few friendships I made outside of work in my new city. Even with the best of people, it takes time before you reach the comfortable stage in a friendship where you can just sit near them and have a beer and a casual chat, and that time can take a heavy toll.

I wish my friends were here with me in my new home.

Adrian_Liston says:
You really appreciate how much support your friends give when they are so far away :)
Posted on: Mar 21, 2009
keeweeset says:
I totally understand what you're saying. It's quite heart breaking once you realize how far away your friends actually are. =)
Posted on: Mar 21, 2009
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