Hello again! It’s been a while.
Since my last post, my girlfriend Emily and I have packed up all of our stuff, driven it almost 1,600km across the country, and then unpacked it somewhere new — Toronto, to be mildly specific. That’s a picture of it up there. Yep, that sure is Toronto.
This has been an exhausting experience, and it’s not even over yet. We’ve mostly finished organizing our new apartment, but there are still a few things to get done. Then we have to prepare for the start of the academic year: both Emily and I start classes on September 11th, and there are a few orientation events in the meantime. I’m also just trying to become familiar with the area, get used to taking the subway, and grapple with the reality of seeing so many people everywhere. The population of Toronto, at least as of 2016, is over 2.7 million. And Sackville, New Brunswick — the place we left behind? Less than 6,000.
In short, a lot has changed. So much so that I’m still trying to process a lot of things, like how I feel about leaving Sackville, starting my Master’s program, and trying to feel at home in a new place. These are things that I’ve written about before, but these feelings were still so abstract back then. Now I’m wading through them, one small step at a time.
That’s the key here. I’ve handled this sort of thing before, and I can handle it again. I just need to take it one step, one thing, one day at a time.
See you back here on Wednesday for some brand new creative writing. That much, at least, has not changed.