You're So Brave

“You’re so brave,” they say.

“This is a really big change,” he says.

“But it’s so far,” she says.


To be honest, I don’t get it… I was sitting on the couch with Steve the night before he left for Tokyo.  We were talking about our move.  I told him, I don’t get what the big deal is. 


We sell our house.  We sell our car.  We pack our things.

We tackle new jobs. We make new friends.  We settle in.


I’ve done that before.  Lots.  I’m good at it.  I’ve lived in 8 cities.  I’ve called 17 different spaces home.  Not only am I good at it.  I love it.  I thrive in it.  I love meeting new people.  I love exploring new places.  It’s my jam.


Heck, even in Minneapolis, my friends will tell you when they ask me where we should go out to eat, my answer is always: “some place new."   And yes friends, saying goodbye to you sucks - that's the hard part.  But I know our real friends are friends for life, no matter the distance. 


Now, I get that everyone is wired differently, raised differently, feels differently.  I do.  And I respect and honor that.  You do you.  But let me tell you how damn grateful I am, that I get to do me.


Yes, I understand, we are moving to the other side of the world.  Yes, I understand we don’t speak the language.  Yes, I understand the culture is different.


That’s not scary.  That’s lucky.


And on top of this all…I am now a wife and a mom, which means I get to bring 3 amazing people along with me.  That means, it will never just be me.  It means is will be US exploring the other side of the world, learning a new language and experiencing a different culture. 


How lucky is that? 

Melissa BertlingComment