When I was 22 years old, I got married. Exactly four days after the wedding my new husband carried me off to Nunavut to live out our newlywed years. He was moving there for work and I was following along, hoping I’d find work.
When he had called me, in the middle of hand dipping candles for our wedding reception, and told me that we were moving to Nunavut, I admit, I cried a little. I was up for the adventure, but I had no idea what to expect. Even though I had lived in two different countries in Europe during my life, some how I knew that moving so north, even still in my home country, would be the biggest change I had faced yet.
With the comfort of knowing that I could at least still buy Smarties at the local store (not something I could easily do in European countries, or Salt and Vinegar Chips!) I was worried about shopping in general. Living in an isolated, fly-in-only community was going to completely change my life. I had heard rumors of packing powered milk into my suite case. Filling the gaps between my clothes with potatoes. All bogus information, I came to later find out. You can eat very well up there, however it’s not cheap. At. All.
The first day we arrived in Iqaluit, I was just blown away by it’s incredible beauty. But I was so scared shitless I made us stay in our hotel room, instead of taking advantage of the few hours we had there to explore. The next morning we would be catching a connecting flight out to the community we would call home. Now I look back on this and think, what a major freaking waste, hiding out in our hotel room.
Years later, sitting here at my computer, older, a little more wiser, 3 years of living in the arctic under my belt, I think about how much I wasted the beginning days I was in Nunavut. Thankfully we stayed as long as we did so I had time to experience a part of the amazing wonder that place has to offer.
I realize now that I can’t take 3 years to get out of my comfortable shell and do something amazing. I’ve got to close my eyes and jump feet first. Indigo did, and she did some pretty amazing stuff in her life.