Moving to any city, at any age can be a difficult thing to handle. Especially when you’re moving from a big city like Edmonton to a town like Fort Mac. Now they are similar in may ways, but also very different. Growing up I never thought I would at this point in my life; being 22 years of age, moving out for the first time, to a new city, and having the job that I have now.
Growing up one of my favourite TV shows was Radio Free Roscoe, it’s a show about a bunch high school kids that started an underground radio station and I thought that was the coolest thing. Now I had, well have, a speech impediment, I’ve it my whole life, and I was made fun a lot for it, so the idea of actually being on the air never crossed my mind.
It’s been a week since I have moved up here, and I am adjusting to say the least, I miss my family, my friends and everything that a big a city has to offer, but I am also really liking the life style I am starting to build up here. I am not one for change, I don’t like jurassic change in my life, it makes me uncomfortable and at times I have panic attacks. Like one time in Sobeys while grocery shopping, my mother went in a different order then we have always done it, and that freaked me right out, like full on panic attack in the middle of Sobeys, so I’m sure you can guess what moving to a new city has done. I’m not freaking out, I’m handling it a lot better then I thought I would, but I’m not going to lie, I am scared.
I do miss my friends and my family everyday, but one of the main reason I wanted to go into radio was to see new places and experience new things, and let me tell it has been an experience so far. We all know the stereotypes of Fort Mac, the oil city, everyone drives a pickup trucks and everyone swears like a sailor, and I mean at times it’s true, but there is also so much more to this city then people think. The fire that happened last year was one of the worst things to happen to a city in Canada, maybe the world, and the way the city handled it, and how positive everyone was, made the move here that much easier. I can’t image what that feels like, leaving your city, with fire on both sides of you, and with the thought that your house, your family home, the place that makes you feels safe, the place with all your memories, has or could possibly burn to the ground, I’m terrified just thinking about it, but everyone single person handled it with such grace, and such positivity that it amazed me.
I moved up here a week ago, and with the help of my amazing co-workers, and the fact that one of my best friends also lives up, even through we don’t really see each other since we work different schedules, it has helped a lot. I’m young, and i’m essentially at the prime of life, so why not take in every opportunity that crosses my path. Change is indelible, it’s always going to happen and that scares me so much, but it also excites me, knowing that in a year, or a month or even tomorrow I could be in a new city, meeting new people.
The one thing I have learned from my move, is to accept everything that comes your away, but to also be comfortable with saying no. I am way out of comfort zone here, but in a good way, a great way. I am very happy here, and I am really excited to see were this takes me.