When I look back at my life, I have always taken chances, although they have not necessarily always been my first choice!
I have a strange relationship with risk. Intellectually I know that the best things often happen when you take a chance, but taking that leap is daunting.
In my working life I often leapt; I did things my way, I never said no to an opportunity.
In my personal life, I have always played it far safer
When moving to the US became a possibility, I was having none of it. I liked our home, our town, our life. Why on earth would I want to disrupt that and move so far away?
In the end, we made the big decision to take a risk and give it a go. We moved our family thousands of miles. We planned to stay for two years. That was two years ago…
Regular readers will know that we have decided to stay for a bit longer. They will also know that we have been house hunting, as the house we bought for our two year stay simply wasn’t big enough for our growing kids.
Having been unlucky and losing out on several beautiful, move in condition, houses we changed tack. We went out on a limb and bought a project… And, now we have the keys!
It has the potential to be amazing. It will be amazing. But, it will also be a lot of hard work and it is quite daunting. So, it is with excitement, and not a little trepidation, that I return to the US next week to start making the move into our new house.
I have been feeling many emotions around the decision to stay in the US for longer, and it has been a time of uncertainty and change. At moments it has all felt a little overwhelming. But, for the most part I am excited and I am glad to feel more settled. To have made the decision.
Our move to the US has been far better, if I’m honest, than we ever expected it to be. We thought two years would be more than enough. But, we have found a pace of life that suits us; the kids enjoy school, we love the town we live in and we have made good friends.
It often seems that the greatest risks bring the greatest rewards. We know we will return to the UK in the future but, right now, the risk we took in moving has been rewarded.
Let’s hope we can say the same about our massive project of a house in two years time!
[Project House will begin on the blog in the next week or so… Watch this space!]
You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this topic inspired you; I look forward to finding out how you feel about taking chances.