Opportunity – 1 : a favorable juncture of circumstances
2 : a good chance for advancement or progress *Merriman-Webster Dictionary Online
I like that, a good chance for advancement or progress, yes – I really like that.
In this economy, in this age, we have little opportunity for advancement in our normal course of life. Oh, there are the raises, the perks of our jobs, if we are so lucky as to have jobs. There are the milestones that keep us going, children growing, having birthday’s, dates, proms, graduations… those things sustain us… but an Opportunity for true change and the cosmic do-over it implies, does not come often.
Our family has chosen to make one such opportunity for ourselves. We have decided to pull up the stakes of our comfortably paid for home, in a town with little or no work, to return to the precarious life of renting in a town with at the very least 7% more work than where we currently live.
7% really doesn’t sound like much – but it’s a chance we are willing to take. It is a chance for us to start over in a new place, with new surroundings, and with old friends and family for support, and that’s what makes the difference.
Where we live now is drying up, not only economically, but emotionally for us as well. Everyone who supported us here, everyone we were truly ‘friends’ with were related to the job I formerly held. Those tenuous friendships have held, but barely, through the ensuing ten months since I left the company. I connected with the mother of my daughters friends, and at one time we were inseparable, but our kids don’t see eye-to-eye anymore… and our parenting styles seem to be so different now that the girls are older… that it’s just not as close as it once was.
We are truly ready to accept this challenge, and move to the next stage of life in these challenging times. We will hope for the best, and work to meet the challenge with open hearts and open minds!