Ten years have passed since we decided to settle in Canada – more specifically Toronto. Looking back on the past ten years, I realise that so much has happened:
- My children have grown up. When we arrived they were toddlers dependant on me for their meals and play. Now they are teenagers with my youngest about to enter high school.
- I have come to accept living in a big city surrounded by tall buildings and continous noise. I do still feel homesick on occasion but now my longing for ‘home’ is less frequent and less intense.
- After years of trying, both myself and my husband have full-time and permanent employment.
- I have visited all the places I want to see in this city – all the museums and places of interest. I am used to the TTC (public tranist system) and adapted very quickly to using it.
- I have become more proficient at using the internet, and have discovered social media. Facebook has become a way of connecting with my family that remains in South Africa – and with those that moved to Australia. WordPress has become the medium through which I explore writing and meet interesting people from all over the world.
Small things have also happened in my life during the past decade: events, feelings and realisations that have made me the person I am today. There have been times when I have regretted the move to Toronto; particularly when I have been homesick, worrying about finances, or frustrated with the obstacles I faced when I wanted to teach. However, when I look at how well adjusted my children are and see the positive experiences they have had, my regrets dampen and I am content.
I now look foward to the next ten years and am curious to see what changes will occur in my life. It will be interesting to experience.
What significant changes have happened in the last ten years of your life?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Ten)