On setbacks and learning to be patient
The last few weeks have given me plenty of opportunities to practice being patient. Back in February, we learned that we were going to have the chance to move to Australia. So we began the onslaught of paperwork and endless background checks and working our way through all of the red tape. We sold our apartment contract, we packed up our lives into a storage unit, and we moved in with family. I had just learned that the company I had been freelancing for was no longer going to be using freelancers which was disappointing news, but the timing seemed perfect. It was fine, we would be leaving for Australia in April.
April came and we waited, knowing that it would be a bit longer but it couldn't be that much longer could it? Finally, we heard from the legal team. Due to a change in visa programs, the Australian government has seen a massive influx of visa requests for our specific visa type meaning that the processing times have been massively delayed.
We debated long and hard about what to do in the face of waiting months for visas. There were a lot of questions about where to live and what I am supposed to do with my life for the next few months (I still don't have an answer for this one). In the end, we signed a new sublease and moved in less than a mile from the apartment we just moved out of. Reality didn't really set in until I began opening boxes that I had packed so carefully with plans of not opening them again for an entire year. It is painful to drive past our old apartment knowing that we are settling into a new apartment that we will move out of on the same date our original lease will be up.
I am so truly grateful and excited about the opportunities ahead of us, but I find myself feeling a little lost in this weird transition. I worry that something will happen and our visa applications will be denied or we won't be able to go. It was so disheartening to get so excited about something and make all the preparations, only to have it disappear because of things beyond our control. I've had to learn to accept things as they come, as scary as that is for someone who is a hardcore planner like me. So here is to dealing with the setbacks in life and learning how to be patient while we wait and hope for our visas to come through.