Five years is such a long time…yet five years goes by in a flash! It was five years ago I left from Toronto on one of my biggest adventures and headed north. I had packed up my apartment putting most of it in storage…packed up some things to ship north and off to Pangnirtung I went. It was for a 10month contract. I was so excited…looking back I really didn’t know much about living in the Arctic. I wasn’t a big ‘researcher’…I applied for a job, got an interview then accepted the position and flew north. One of my good friends Emily was teaching that year in Qikiqtarjuaq…so at least I knew a tiny bit about what I had gotten myself into! Now 5 years later it’s easy for me to say that Nunavut has become my home. I love the work that I do, and the community that I live in…don’t get me wrong, I miss being close to family but I do love my home I have made in Pang.
Now I haven’t lived in Nunavut for 5 years straight…(I had an eighteen month stint in Winnipeg, Manitoba from January 2010 to July 2011). But I can say that I haven’t lived in the same province as my family for 5 years.
I use to think I had a plan for everything in life…but lately I’ve realized that maybe the best things I’ve done or accomplished came out of little to no planning. Often they just happened because I was in the right place at the right time and open to a new adventure. I keep wondering should I make another 5 year plan? or just carry on like I’ve been doing? As I sit here in Iqaluit my brain starts to think….lots of questions and wonderings about what the next 5 years will bring…what adventures? what excitement? what joy? what challenges? what hardships? hmmmm looks like I might have some thinking to do in the next few weeks!
What about you…are you a goal setter? Do you make a life plan and follow it through? What’s your style?