Exactly a year, December. 31, 2012 had a conversation with my friend Richard and said that. 2013 was going to be a year of change for me. Big change. I didn’t know how or what – I just knew I was ready. I couldn’t possibly have predicted this though.
In January I saw an unlikely job posting online for a job in Killaloe. I decided to throw my hat into the ring, knowing full well that as an outsider (‘from away’) and a man and having no direct experience in the field, I wouldn’t even get an interview. I was wrong.
I made the winter drive up and had my interview on February 26 and it seemed to go well but I was still pretty sure I wouldn’t get the job. A week went by and then another and then finally a call. The job was mine. It was for real. I accepted with loads of doubt but really without question. I just did it.
Extracting myself from a life that I had built in Kitchener over 29 years wasn’t easy going. Closing up shop at work, getting the house ready for sale, celebrating the end of long standing routines. It took its toll. And everyone wanted a piece of me to keep. I drove out of Kitchener late afternoon on May. 5 and started my new job in Killaloe on May 6. There was no time for down time or a gentle transition.
The house sold in July, after just a couple of days on the market and the deal closed in September. The next day a house came on the market in Killaloe. that was perfect and I bought it before they had a chance to get the sign on the lawn. I moved in October and settled in to my new life in November and December – figuring out new habits and rituals along the way.
So did I win the lottery? It kind of feels like it. I am living mortgage free in a perfect little house. My car spends most of the time parked in the garage while I walk to work. I get most of my food directly from farmers that I know. And the icing on the cake is that I am only half an hour from the cottage and I get to go there regularly.
These days it’s for show shoe adventures on the lake with the dogs.
As I spend News Years Eve with my friend Jay today I don’t think I will be predicting another big year of change. 2014 will be about putting down roots (apple tree roots included!), making new friends, and establishing new traditions. A happy new year indeed.