I’d say one of the most challenging aspects about moving half way across the world is finding your flow. It’s something we overlook when we’re settled in a certain place. Where will you buy your morning coffee, fresh baguette or croissant for afternoon tea? You’re completely disorientated and the parts of your everyday that required no effort now pose a challenge. You must recreate your entire schedule from scratch and that takes far more time, consideration and perseverance than one might realize.
In the last week, I’ve watched the sediment settle as new structure, routine and habits are forged. My new gym with a sauna, pool and Pilates classes is up the road, only a short walk from my house. My house is close to Sant Pau – Dos De Maig on the blue line of Barcelona’s metro. The café I’m currently sitting in will be my regular. I have three options for food shopping; Mercadona, Bon Preu and Lidl. All originate from various parts of the world. Bon Preu is from Catalonia and thus, their product listings are in Catalan. Mercadona is Spanish and Lidl is German. The checkout experience at Lidl is by far the quickest, true to German precision and efficiency. They say merci at Bon Preu and Mercadona is slow like the Spain I know.
Whilst your local supermarket might seem like a rather insignificant part of your life, it’s in the moments of our everyday that we create our life. The conversation I share with my neighbor Claudia, the mornings I spend watering my plants perched in the sunniest corner of our terrace, the same Spanish phrase I use to order un café con leche de soja (and the feeling I immediately experience when the entire exchange is completed in Spanish), the walk I take to the beach, the trees that line my street and the way they make me feel each evening I return home; these are the most undervalued moments of our life. And yet, when the familiar is left behind and a new life starts to forge itself over time, these are the moments that matter the most.
One of the benefits of shedding the old, leaving comfort in its stubborn place and embracing the unknown is indeed a whole lot of perspective. Perspective and a renewed appreciation for the moments that matter most.