If you or someone you know have recently moved or are considering making a significant move, there are a few thoughts I’d like to share that I have learned over the years from several moves. Having moved back to Michigan 6 weeks ago; the timing of sharing this blog makes good sense.
Thought #1. It’s very difficult uprooting and relocating regardless of the reason for the move. Whether the move is to a new and exciting location or not, each place you move embodies a culture unique to itself. Learning a new culture can be difficult and frustrating. Acclimating to a new environment takes time, so give yourself some grace. Also allow yourself time to grieve the people, relationships, and familiarity which you have left behind.
Thought #2. You have more than likely said some tearful goodbyes to dear friends who were not happy to see you leave. Don’t be surprised when people you meet in your new location do not welcome you with open arms. Not everyone is excited to hear that there’s a new kid on the block. Remember that change is difficult for the person moving, but is also difficult for those we meet in our new locations.
In time, you will no longer be the new kid. In time you will forge new friendships. In time you will notice the ache in your heart for those you left behind minimize as you learn to embrace the new people in front of you.
Thought #3. If your move involves starting a new career or in my case, keeping the same career but in a new location–pace yourself. A fellow realtor whom I have known for years shared sound advice which someone had shared with him–stop striving and trust that God has your back. He also has your sides and goes before you. He is faithful. He is unchanging, and He is not surprised to find you struggling to start over. You can trust Him in your new endeavors.
My final thought is this: remember what it feels like to be the new kid. Remember it very, very well. One day you will not be new. One day YOU will get to welcome the next new kid on the block.
When you do, I hope you look the new kid in the eyes. I hope you will take time to welcome him or her to your familiar world in such a way that if the day comes when one of you needs to move away, the ache in your heart will serve as a reminder of how blessed you have been to have known one another.
If you or someone you know are looking to buy or sell a property, business or land–give this new kid a call (517.921.8651) or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). It would be my honor to serve you.
Stay the course…