Sunday, November 4, 2007

Nobody told me it would be this hard

Nobody told adjusting to post college life was this hard. Nobody told me that getting settled in a new place was this hard. Nobody told me making new friends takes so long. We have been in GA just over 3 months and it is still difficult. I have a job and that makes it better, to have something to do every day. But it is still hard. Building meaningful relationships is hard work and hard to do in the meet-n-greet time at church. Everyone here already has an established life so it’s harder to fit in to people's schedules. There is no sudden movie nights or 24 hr notice potblesses. I am still finding hard to adjust to this life and the work it takes to get where we once were in another place.

I was once told by my grandmother about how she went to CA to meet my grandfather to get married (he couldn't come home because of the war) She stayed in CA while he was stationed there and they had to learn to rely on each other. They have been married for over 60 years and could not live without each other. It was this story that put me at ease with moving so far from home and everything familiar. And I do believe that this is where God wants us to be. But that doesn't change the fact that it is often painful to feel so alone, and to so desperately want what we once had in friendships in IL. God is doing miracles every week in our lives and we are slowly establishing a network of friends here and a new life together. But nobody told us it would be this hard.
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