By Gen Liston
Home is where the heart is…right?
For the second time in 18 months I am moving cities.
Although this time it is not quite as foreign or terrifying.
While moving to London for work and travel seems to be an Australian rite of passage - it's also an excellent way to convince yourself that you are not wasting those years after Uni while you try to figure out what the hell you are going to do with your life.
Moving to Sydney from Melbourne on the other hand, is more like that Paleo diet you are giving a go, you know you probably won’t stick to it in the long run, but it will at least do you some good for a little while.
Plus, surely adventure is the flavour of life? That's what I've been telling myself.
There are equal parts good and bad about moving towns.
The good mostly involves meeting new people, experiencing new things and the fact you get a chance to start a fresh.
The bad mostly involves meeting new people (who aren’t as good as your old people), experiencing new things (unfamiliar and scary) and the fact you have to start a fresh.
For the most part I moved to Sydney because of a job offer, but a large part of coming up here was about combating the quarter life crisis I am currently in the throes of.
Moving states at least felt like a step forward and helped go some way to overcome the paralysis of indecision that cripples us present day Gen-Y's.
I say ‘present day’ only because as far as I know, the quarter life crisis is a modern phenomena.
We become paralysed by too much variety and wracked with uncertainty and regret about whether we are making the right decisions.
Ultimately too much choice and opportunity leaves us unsatisfied by the choices we do make.
With so many decisions to make, each feeling as if they are going to shape the rest of our lives (unlikely this is actually the case) and the added pressure of friends and peers achieving and seemingly passing us in their careers and personal lives – this feels like a critical time to make the right choices.
The trouble is, the pressure often means we make no decision at all.
Thankfully this job offer came at the perfect time for me. Making one less 'life altering decision' that I had to make - setting me off on a whole new path.
So far the city seems kind. The streets are bright and the people happy and healthy. There are new friends to get to know and new experiences to be had.
And while I’m not 100% sure on which way I’m going or where I’m going to end up, I do know I’m going to keep choosing the path that leads to adventure.
Because at least that way I know I am going somewhere.
For more of these musings and to follow Gen’s progress in a new job and a new city – you’ll find her on Twitter & Instagram @genlis