#287 // Bloom where you are planted

Bloom where you are planted, life lessons
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I want to move out of London.

Except, I don't really want to move out of London.

It's the place I've called home for all thirty two years of my life. But unfortunately, in that time, I've watched all of the places I knew as familiar, become homogonised exclusion zones, only seemingly welcoming of well to do hipsters or overseas investors.

Tottenham, Dalston, Deptford, Hackney - all places that I've called home at one time or another. But one by one, I've watched a coffee chain move in, and housing developers follow not long after.

London is putting absolutely zero respeck on my name or the pennies I'm earning, treating me more and more like passing visitor than current and future inhabitant.

Moving out of London is the only feasible and sensible option for the next chapter of my life. Why spend half a million pounds on a one bed flat (even if it does come with a concierge who will happily hoard my Amazon packages for me), when I could get a three bed house for two thirds of that price? My friend has just bought a flat on the outskirts of the big smoke and a parking space would have added £20k to the price. TWENTY. THOUSAND. POUNDS.

But I digress. Housing chat just gets me all up in my feelings.

I do want to get on the housing ladder, but that isn't going to happen for another 2-3 years realistically. So, here I am. Looking over there, but planted here.

And in my rush to move on, I'm not doing justice to the opportunities presenting themselves to me right now, where I am.

Local connections I lamented for a while that I didn't have any friends down here, having originally grown up in North London. But I have made a few connections since, and even bumped into an old friend on the bus the other day, not realising we only live two stops away from each other!

Volunteering Another thing that had been on my to do list for a while was finding an opportunity to give my time and serve my community better. I've recently started working with a local foodbank, and I'm looking forward to getting more and more involved.

Work Life I've found that largely, you either love your role, or you love those you work with. I've lucked out and found both in my current role. And, following our office move, I don't have to have to raise my blood pressure getting on trains any more, instead being able to either walk or get the bus. I proclaimed that I wanted the 'live local, work local' life for a while, and now look!

It really is true that we become blinded to the things we once wished for, but now have.

And so all of this reaffirmed the truth to bloom where you are planted. It may not be the place that you envision yourself, but don't miss out on the opportunity to make the grass where you're stood grow, because you're busy looking over yonder.