Friday, 11 January 2019

Ways I'm Making London Bearable

The end of 2018 was a pretty big change for me. I changed jobs and moved to London. For someone who had worked and lived in small(ish) towns and cities, this was a huge change for me personally and professionally. I was terrified - and still am to some degree- but I'm trying to navigate through the craziness, whilst still holding onto a few of the things that I am used to.

One that doesn't apply to everyone is that I still have my car. In the short amount of time I had to find a place, I opted for a higher number zone. There are pros and cons to this which I would love to do another post on, but having my car makes me feel a little more connected to my family, plus the ability to drive to the nearest Lidl is a lovely feeling.

I have a few little habits and rituals that I have taken from each living situation I've lived in. From a student to being in a house share, batch cooking has been a sense of comfort and security. I currently have 5 portions of sweet potato curry in the freezer ready for this week. Yes, I end up eating the same thing, but having some sort of order makes my little amount of time I have in the evening stretch a little further.

As it was the first week of January, I had some things I needed to tick off my to do list. This included signing up for the GP and changing some addresses which makes the move seem a little more permanent. I also joined the library, which, whilst wandering around the quiet hall, made me forget about the hustle and bustle of London life and have a little bit of peace. Plus, I now have some great books for my commute.

I'm also trying to meet up with my friends. I never had my university friends in such easy access, and although work schedules are hard to match up, it's great to reconnect with some people, and spend more time with those who lived far away. I have always been a homebody, but my first month here, I met up with friends once or twice a week. Getting home any time after 9pm used to make me quite anxiety filled. But now, time isn't something that scares me.

It wasn't until I went home for Christmas that I realised that my worries and anxieties about living and working in London including money issues, feeling like an impostor at my new job amongst other things were things that almost all of my friends have experienced or are currently experiencing. It made me feel a lot less alone and more something that we have to get through. 

So here's to a new year, and trying to navigate the craziness of living and working in London. 

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