Monday, 19 March 2012

On the Move



habit
According to Oxford Dictionaries Online "habit" is defined as 
"a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up"
and dictionary.com defines it as
"an acquired behaviour pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary"


average
Not sure about how many times a person move residences on average. I did some searching though and in America the number seems to be around 11-12 (stated here, here, here and here). I'm sure SSB has got some numbers for Norway as well, but I didn't find them. Anyhow, I don't think it's that much more than in America.


28
Based on these definitions I think it's safe to state that I've got a habit of moving and that I've moved a lot more than Average Joe. I've finally made an updated list. Just In the last 1.5 years I've moved five times. In total though I've moved houses 28 times, I've moved cities 14 times and moved countries 4 times. It has not been 14 difference cities or 4 different countries as I have moved back and forth, but still it is a lot. I was born in Haugesund, grew up in Sauda, I've lived in Lakselv, Lillehammer, Sandefjord and Oslo. But I've also lived outside Norway, in Australia. There I've lived in Sydney, Melbourne and a short period in Kiama Downs. At the moment I'm at Jordal Terrasse in Oslo, but I've lived at Bislett, Kringsjå, Sogn, Røa, Gamlebyen and Enerhaugen. It has been a lot of moving, and I'm not at all done. Right now I'm looking for a new place to move since I want to get out of the city centre.


tired
It is no overstatment saying I'm tired of moving. Even though I've done it a lot it's still bloody stressful. A lot of work to be done, often in a short period of time. Just the thought of having to move again makes me sick. So why do I move? Well, during the first years of my life I had no choice. I was moved. Divorced parents that were moving frequently gave me that start. Then I got my first apartment, in 1999. I kept that place for ten years, but during those years I moved a few times due to studies. In 2009 my, now ex, girlfriend moved in with me. We upgraded to a bigger place later that year, before we decided to move to Australia. After I moved "down under" my relationship (actually my marriage) got messed up, big time. The result was me moving back to Norway again. Since then I've been unable to settle down. I'm now in the process of selling my current apartment and am searching for a new location where I can stay for hopefully a few years.


result
I thought of how to write this section of the post. I can structure it focusing on the positives:


So has moving this much affected me? It is very obvious it has, in positive and negative ways. First of all I seldom get too emotionally involved with people or things. When being used to move away and "lose stuff" you care about, since being a child, you learn it's better keeping a distance. And having moved this much has made me restless. It's to me hard to think that I will stay in one location for very long. I'm longing for having a base though, a place I can have my few (compared to an average Norwegian in my age) things stored.
But over all I reckon moving this much has made me stronger. I find it very easy to settle in at new locations, I'm good at getting organised and getting my life on track even though I'm in a new city or a new country. If I do miss something where I live I make the best of the situation, finding alternatives. I'm very independent and used to fixing everything myself.


Or I can structure it focusing on the negatives:


So has moving this much affected me? It is very obvious it has, in positive and negative ways. I find it very easy to settle in at new locations, I'm good at getting organised and getting my life on track even though I'm in a new city or a new country. If I do miss something where I live I make the best of the situation, finding alternatives. I'm very independent and used to fixing everything myself.
But I  seldom get too emotionally involved with people or things. When being used to move away and "lose stuff" you care about, since being a child, you learn it's better keeping a distance. And having moved this much has made me restless. It's to me hard to think that I will stay in one location for very long. I'm longing for having a base though, a place I can have my few (compared to an average Norwegian in my age) things stored.


What is closest to the truth of the two versions above I'm not sure of. The only thing I do not know is that I can do nothing about my past, only my future.


future
And what the future will bring I don't know. Who does? At the moment I'm very happy staying in Oslo. However one day I might pack my stuff and once more search for new adventures.

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