Two Years On
It’s been two years since I arrived in Finland and a lot has changed. But more has changed over the past two months.
My daughter is now 11 weeks old as I write this. But I’ve also just celebrated two years in Finland. The reality is that it went by unremarked upon due to how busy the Wife is with her election campaigning and the kid. And I’m just tired from everything so I didn’t make mention of it, plus it’s not necessarily something worth celebrating.
But it should be a time of some reflection. And it has been, this post is proof of that. A few days prior to my being here for two years I was on a panel at Luckan, a Finland-Swedish organization. We were discussing finding our place in Finland. It’s not something I’ve had to consider much, simply because from the beginning my arrival here was very much predicated on the idea that this is home.
The Wife and I came here to make a go of it. Moving abroad is always a possibility, but it’s not what we’re looking to do at this moment. Part of that is because of our new daughter, but part of it is also our careers. The wife is pursuing a PhD and as mentioned before running for office. She’s also fighting for human rights as her day job. Not to mention being a new mother.
I on the other hand have had to switch tracks. Not that I’ve ever been on a single one for very long. Otherwise I would have never ended up in Finland. The change has been good, for it’s allowed me to reflect upon what I want and what I want to do. Getting to do any of that is a different matter. But I’ve written about that before.
The birth of my daughter more than anything has grounded me here in Finland. The immediate benefits of remaining here far outweigh any personal desire to keep moving. New adventures are not on hold or out of the question, they’re just going to be different. And as she grows my time will return. Not just time to reflect, I get plenty of that while watching or walking my daughter, but to work on what I want to.