Sunday, 10 March 2019

The Unexpected Joys Of Moving To London

I'm having a bit of a bad day, more like a few weeks. I'm struggling with feeling burnt out, tired and anxious about work, life and everything in between. But in the midst of things, and to make myself feel a little bit better about everything, I've decided to write a few little things about the good things about moving to, and working in London.

1. Friends

My first few years out of University, I navigated pretty alone with the support of my family and my new work colleagues and flatmates. It was great to meet new people, but being in London has meant I've reconnected with a large amount of people I went to University with.

Going from seeing them once or twice a year to almost weekly has been brilliant (but sometimes overwhelming). I'm still recovering from two weekends of house parties that made me feel like I was back in my uni town.

2. Using my time more wisely.

Time has always been a source of anxiety for me. Not having enough time, having too much time. As an introvert, I crave time alone with my thoughts, even if it's making a nice dinner or switching off with some Netflix after work, these things are pretty essential to me.

But being in London, with a commute that's longer than a 20 minute walk and longer working hours, I never thought that I would voluntarily make plans for after work, knowing that it'll take me an hour to get back home afterwards and knowing that I'll be a bit tired the next day. It's pretty liberating.

It also made me reaslie how much time I used to waste. I'm hoping once the evenings get later, I'll be able to have a bit more motivation to do more.

3. The Freedom

I love exploring London. I love how easy it is to hop on a train or tube and be in the centre of it all. I can't wait for more weekends spent in the sun visiting museums and places I haven't been to before.

I also love that a trip into London isn't a big trip. I can spontaneously book tickets to see some theatre or make a quick dash in on a Sunday and still be home in time for dinner.

4. Career experience

As much as I am stressed, the career experience will be invaluable - note the will. I know I need to power through, learn from my mistakes (and there have been many) and come out the other side with a load of experience under my belt. I just hate that I had to go to London to do it.

Here's to a hopefully less stressful and productive week. To ward off the Sunday worries, I'm having a cup of decaf tea and a chocolate hobnob whilst listening to The High Low podcast.

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