Since returning from the GWN, I’ve been asked the same question over and over again.
Do you miss it?
I usually just nod, and say I feel “bittersweet” about the move south. Basically, just so people will move on from that dreaded question.
What I would love to say is NO!! I don’t miss the North but I miss aspects of my life up there; the simple way of life; Not having to worry about bills or car payments…or putting on makeup, wearing comfy clothes 24/7, everyone waving at each other…..
Although the more I think about that question I realize the one thing that I found since I moved back South and didn’t realize was missing when I lived in the North was ME. Only now as I sit here I only truly realize that for the last two years living in the North, I was missing ME. I’m a very independent person, that is one of the things I love about Hughie and I. We are individually independent and co-independent all at the same time. Up north, I was dependent on Hughie. While there was a good many reasons why that was a good thing, but the one dark- thing was that I lost my independence. I didn’t have a “out” a place where I could go willingly and freely to spend some “me” time. I was stuck in the land of ice and snow. I only realize now how much that was eating away at my soul. I was not the person that people know me to be.
With all that said, when and if I get asked that question again; which, I know will happen – I can honestly say No I don’t miss my life in the North because I found Me again when I moved South
Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoyed living in the GWL, I have stories and pictures that will last a life time, and god willing when and if I have children/grandchildren I want to sit them down and tell them about the two years I lived in the North amongst the Inuit. If I could go back in time I would do it all over again. Although if two years down the road the opportunity presented itself again, I’m positive I wouldn’t be so willing to jump at the chance at another adventure North.
So there you have it, Do I miss the north…. No… I honestly don’t miss the North, however I do miss certain aspects of my simpler life, just not enough to do it again.