Friday, October 07, 2011
Have you ever moved to a new city? After all the excitement of the move and the general running around and getting settled in is finished, you enter into a sort of limbo-- neither belonging nor visiting. You live there, but you've yet to develop a community, a lifestyle, or a social circle.
For me, I am currently in that limbo. I've lived in Toronto for two and a half months now. The challenge for me is developing relationships without doing so on an income. I'm a student and money is tight. Also, I don't know many people in the city, so where do I go to make some quality friends my own age? (I'm 26). This is a bit of a conundrum for me. And even the people I meet my own age have very different views as far as life values and morals go. So once again, I feel stuck.
It's during this time that food becomes a friend once again, and that the good habits I'd adopted as part of my daily lifestyle have fallen by the wayside. For example, I used to swim three times a week, but the schedule at my local pool is abysmal and doesn't allow me to swim when I would need to. I don't have any friends that I can simply call up and suggest we go for a walk. I don't have the disposable income-- now that I'm a student again-- to buy seasons tickets to the theatre or to go shopping for some much needed items. I just seem to be stuck.
Also, my hobby of cooking and baking now needs to be replaced as it has taken the form of a job and my schooling. Don't get me wrong, I love culinary school, but it does mean that I now have to find a different way to unwind. Running is not my thing, and biking is my current form of transportation. Maybe I'll start taking music lessons of some sort, although once again scheduling seems to become an issue. I don't really do knitting, crocheting, or crafty things. I might take up sketching again. Does anyone have any great ideas to keep my mind going, keep me from bingeing, and keep me happy and relaxed all at the same time? Don't say TV or movies-- that there for me is a trigger.