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BBC Scotland has been posting little interviews on Twitter with people who migrated to and made their homes in Scotland. They're all really wonderful, but this one in particular really resonated with me. The specifics are obviously very different (he's a Polish baker living in Scotland, I'm an Australian librarian living in the southeast of England), but the underlying foundations of our respective migration stories — as far as I can tell from a heavily edited three-minute interview — are the same. Our adult lives in our countries of origin didn't feel right, like a coat that didn't fit. We were restless, directionless, not sure how to be where we were, and, like a last, desperate throw of the dice, we left, as if changing our location would enable us to change ourselves. And, astonishingly, that is what happened.

I forget, sometimes, until I compare my life ten years ago with what it is now, how miserable and uncomfortable and frightened I was. I felt like I had lost myself. I didn't realise how depressed and afraid I was until, in complete desperation, I emigrated, and realised, after about a month, that the fog had completely lifted. That the fear had gone. That I felt like myself again, for the first time in my adult life.

Migration isn't always big, and bold, and part of something larger. It's not always for a broader reason: fleeing danger, seeking a better life, moving towards concrete opportunities. Sometimes it's small, and personal, flailing about in the dark, moving blindly forwards without knowing whether what awaits you will be better. And, if you're very, very fortunate — and if your new home welcomes you and allows it — you shed your skin, and figure out who you are, and how to be that person again.

Date: 2019-01-28 11:04 am (UTC)
merit: (Plant)
From: [personal profile] merit
I'm glad you found a place you feel at home! :)

Date: 2019-01-28 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bruttimabuoni
That's a very lovely thought. I'm feeling quite stuck at the moment, and it's really good to hear what's worked for other people.

Date: 2019-02-02 09:09 pm (UTC)
lyr: (Eddie go home: sprig_muslim)
From: [personal profile] lyr
That's really interesting to me, because the opposite thing happened to me. After spending a lot of early years in one city (though in a constantly shifting series of apartments there), we started moving around. And in my young adult life I continued to move a lot. For a few years there, I had no actual home at all. I felt rootless and disconnected, which wasn't really so bad when I was young. But as I got a bit older I wanted a sense of home; it wasn't until I came back to my original city that I felt that.

Date: 2019-02-07 04:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lyr
That's a fascinating journey; thanks for sharing. And you make an important point: I might not have found my sense of home corresponded with my memory of where it ought to be if I hadn't also met my queerplatonic life partner just as I moved back here. The people matter as much as the place to me, too.

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