I get a lot of questions like these:
“Why did you decide to move back to Canada?”
“What part of the world is your favourite place to live?”
“Do you miss Mumbai or Accra?”
I don’t feel that my thoughts need to be private so I guess you can say that I use this space as a journal that I can share with you. It’s a place for me to write and understand where I am in my life and what brought me to this moment. Not literally this very moment but you get the point.
Around 9 years ago, I started travelling a fair bit because of work related opportunities. I never had the intention of leaving Canada but the idea of living in India sounded very exotic to me.
Was it the best decision of my life? No.
Did I gain a lot from all of the experiences I shared with some amazing people? Absolutely.
If you haven’t been to India, you should know that there is no place in the world like it. It’s not a place you can see in pictures. You can’t understand it by viewing it on a screen. It’s a Country that requires you to taste, touch and interact with people who call it home.
Do I miss living in India or Ghana? I have my moments but far more significant than those moments, was the realization that I had when I moved back to Canada. This was about 18 months ago.
When I came back, I didn’t understand how I allowed myself to forget how good we have it here.
I forgot how convenient public transit is here in Toronto. People complain about the TTC but I’d like to see those who complain fighting for their lives while they hang off a local train in Bombay. That’s a moment that I will never forget.
I forgot how accessible quality produce is. Today, I can walk into a Metro, Sobey’s or Loblaws and eat whatever I want for dinner. I don’t have to think twice because a pint of strawberry’s doesn’t cost $16.00 or a small pack of smoked salmon isn’t $30.00. I’m being modest with the comparisons here.
Like I said before, I do miss it from time to time but for valid reasons.
I miss my friends in Bombay. There are certain friends you can not replace.
I miss Accra because my sister lives there. It’s hard being away from the people you love most.
I think after a certain point in your life, we learn to desensitize ourselves from feeling certain feelings.
Toronto has been really good to me.
I can’t remember the last time I was this busy with freelance assignments. If you’re willing to work your ass off, you can make it here. Not every place is like that. Trust me. I’m not saying I’ve “made it” but you get the point.
I reconnected with a cousin who I consider to be my best friend here and a partner for my meditation sessions. It’s a big aspect of my life.
I love my life here and I am fortunate to have met someone very special to me. She isn’t just my partner in life but my partner at work as well. She makes the impossible possible and motivates me everyday.
There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t appreciate this city, all it has done for me and all that’s in store for me.
We have it good here.