Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ah, Patterns...

With certain aspects of my life I love consistency. Some things I like to have "just so", other things I'm not so bothered with.

Like my clothes. I can't abide wearing anything that's remotely dirty. If I've just washed something and then I spill food on it (often happens when you get to my age), it has to go straight back into the wash. Not because I've got some weird thing about germs, but I just like to have clean clothes. However, I'm not so fussed about hanging anything up and I often have a "clean pile" of clothes, mostly located on my floor as my bedroom isn't big enough for a wardrobe. Now that I think about it, it might be considered a contradiction.

I'm also a creature of habit. Kind of makes me feel safe in a way. Once I get used to something, it's hard to break the cycle. Don't get me wrong, I love trying new stuff but I do like having my things around me. I like knowing where I am, having a bit of a routine, talking to people in shops that I've known for the last 7 years that I've lived in town, having my friends around.

But all this is going to be totally different later this year. Moving to Canada has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I've always had those wistful thoughts about what life will be like, who I'll meet, where I will work. But at the back of my mind I think that I've viewed it through the eyes of someone that has an established life without thinking about the fact that I'm effectively starting totally from scratch. I'll know pretty much nobody, I won't know about the way "things" work, unless I can sort a job out before I leave I'll have no income to start with...basically, I'll have nothing, no pattern to rely on. And it scares the crap out of me. I've no doubt that I'll meet new people, get a job, go places, work things out...but it is still a little daunting.

But, nothing ventured nothing gained. I'll be seizing the opportunity with both hands, lapping up everything that I can from a new country. Who knows, maybe I won't feel that I need those patterns or routines as much as I think I do. It could just be the making of All Mod Cons.

On the subject of different countries...I'm off to Germany next week to meet up with Linda. For those of you that don't remember, she's the girl that I met when I went to Berlin and saw Paul Weller last year. Good times!

And on the subject of Paul Weller...a couple of weeks ago I saw him at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Duffy was also there, and she was fab. But the Weller rocked ARSE! I'm also off to see him on the 21st of May, only this time it's with Ted (old housemate, hello dude) and The Viking. Really looking forward to that one. I'm hoping to get a proper outfit, but cash is an issue. Might have to trawl the charity shops before hand and try my luck at that needle and thread thingy that my nan is so good at. Not holding my breath though! stomach is grumbling that it's empty, so I'm off.


Princess of the Universe said...

I think you know a lot of people here in Canada already- you should have no problem learning the ropes!

Beth said...

The dream has been a part of your life for so long that I don't think you will have too much trouble.
Besides, you already have friends here.
(Get your clothes off the floor!)

PG said...

We Canadians are all (or almost all) so friendly, you'll have no trouble here.

I tend to have a clean clothes pile too. But, after a week of trampling on it and random underwear getting mixed in, I generally have to resort to the sniff test.

Have fun in Germany.

ted said...

I don't think you'll have any problems here in Canada...and besides when you come to Canada (more specifically Toronto) I'll sort you out just like many other of your friends will across the country. I do imagine that it will be a big change, but like I said, you'll have no problem!

Your bedroom sounds like mine! A pile of clean clothes and a pile of dirty ones!

The Author Of This said...

Universal - Trouble is, you're all all over the place! Can't you all live together in one city?

Beth - Yes Mum. Going to buy me something to put them in once they're off the floor?

Psychgrad - Sniff test!? Fuck, almost wet myself when I read that!

Ted - Dude, I'm counting on your showing me the ropes in Toronto! And besides, you owe me a slice of pizza!

I only have a pile of clean clothes. Dirty ones actually manage to make it into the laundry basket I have in my room. Maybe I should get a clean clothes basket too...