It feels like yesterday, really, but I am in Canada for a year now. I still remember that Tuesday evening on November 8 when I finally packed all bags, hugged my grandpa (my parents and brother were there earlier) and went out to catch a van that will bring me to Budapest airport. And I still remember northern Serbia and how night was cold and dark. And all the thoughts that were going through my head…
And here I am, a year later, with a lot of it behind me – new people, new places, new life. It went fast, for sure, there were a lot of things to do, to settle in a new country, new circumstances, to find my own way in a situation I have never been before. But I am happy, even though sometimes it felt like some things will never change. But with San and a lot of help from her, I managed to get BC driving license, find a work, find students and establish a Battodo dojo in Vancouver, even become a member of a local library 😛 Actually that was probably a first thing we did. I had a lot of time and needed something to get my brain busy besides sitting by computer 😀
Then summer came just like that and we spent almost every weekend camping and hiking. Mostly thanks to really nice weather we had here with a little or almost no rain at all. All my readers here in Opera already know about most of the places we hiked, but I wanted to summarize all of them. So I've found a map of British Columbia and placed a red dot on every place we went in last year. Here it is:
However, if you compare this area with a rest of a province, you will see how little we've seen so far (red rectangle shows area on previous map). This is a regional map, so everything colored except in white is British Columbia.
Some of my friends asked me how I felt when I realized I am leaving forever the place I was living in. I told them that I didn't hesitate, not for a single moment. I knew what I wanted and it was clear in my mind. Sometimes people got stuck between desires and lack of courage to change their lives.
Few months ago we were watching a documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Jiro Ono, a sushi master from Japan, said that when he was 9 and was sent to school to another town, his mother told him “You have no home to return to.” It sounds cruel, right, but then he explained: “Nowadays, people say things like ‘You can return if things don’t work out.’ When people say stupid things like that, the kids turn out to be failures.” This sentence shows exactly how I was feeling. I was and still am determined and I will never be a failure. That's a promise.
Autumn has come and first year ended. Soon we will celebrate our 2nd marriage anniversary (hopefully on some warm and sunny place, keep fingers crossed for us). Life is going on and we are going along pretty good, I would say. Rainy and sunny days, of course, like in everyone's life. Anyway, no one said it will be easy 😀 But no regrets. No bad feelings. No second thoughts.
That's what a life is all about, eh?