Whoever coined the phrase “a change is as good as a rest” needs a firm slap. I’d volunteer to be the chief slapper only I’m too exhausted from every life change imaginable to do the honours.
I’m the shrink here, so I’ll dole out a bit of free advice for you: next time you decide to make an international move to a city you’ve never once visited, and return to an entirely new career after two and a half years spent eating and drinking your way through France and Switzerland, just stop what you are doing and seek professional help. And if you’ve convinced yourself that doing all that in the span of two weeks seems especially wise, just call an ambulance to come get you.
Between reverting back to a non-vampire schedule, getting dressed every day, learning the ropes at the new gig, sifting through a whole binder of HR regulations, and finding where Miracle Whip is on special, I’m all in.
All I can say is I’m the luckiest woman in the world to have been taken in by a bunch of co-workers whose kindness, patience, and helpfulness is beyond words. Plus, the bathrooms at my new office are nicer than the ones in my home. A pleasant change from hospitals where a plunger is often required.
My point today is sometimes too much change at once can be downright foolish. But that’s how I left my last life and it’s how I’m starting my new one. To quote a little known, yet remarkably entertaining book called Finding Me in France, “One of these days I’ll be grown up enough to realize that repeatedly choosing to live in a tornado has predictable side effects.” I’m still waiting for that day to come, obviously. And I’m still experiencing tornado side effects, as evidenced by quoting my own book.
But never mind I tell myself. Sure, I’m so off kilter that most days I wake up and have no idea what country I’m in or who that red-headed man lying next to me is. But then it all comes back to me and I simply settle into the panic attack and flop sweat and get on with my day. That’s just how I roll—one foot in front of the other, one adventure after another.