We did it! We are finally here. We made the move with two cats and a baby to Germany. It has only been 4 days since we left Chicago, and already there is so much to tell. I would like to use this blog sort of as a journal to capture our time here, in addition to sharing our experience with others. I already have many stories to share about the first week. I will try to break it up into separate topics so far. Can’t wait to share our adventures with those who are interested.
Is anyone surprised when I say we are moving back to Europe? We must sound like a broken record!
We are going back to Europe so Greg can play basketball again. Our destination is Hagen, Germany, where Greg played two years ago. What makes this, his 8th season of professional basketball, crazier is that we are going to be taking our two cats, Zoe and Micho, and our baby girl.
You can’t believe how many people say things to me like, “Wow! You are an amazing wife to keep doing this for Greg!” or “How do you keep putting up with this?” I guess people don’t understand that going is just as much for me as it is for him. While he gets to follow his dream of playing professional basketball, I get to follow my dream of living abroad and passion for travel. I am not “putting up” with anything.
Are we excited? Definitely! Are we nervous? Most definitely! The strange thing is that the part we are most nervous about is bringing the cats, not the baby. The baby will adapt, but will our cats? It’s no easy task to bring cats overseas. We are not only concerned about getting the right vaccinations and documents, but seeing how they will do on the plane and in their new home. Will they howl the entire flight? Will they be stressed about their new environment? Cats do not like change. They would be content to stay in the same place forever if they could. Unfortunately, their parents (Greg and I) feel the exact opposite. Staying in a comfortable place for too long makes us uncomfortable.
That’s our new motto, by the way. “What’s uncomfortable now becomes comfortable later. What’s comfortable now becomes uncomfortable later.”
Will it be difficult to leave family and friends? Yes (uncomfortable)
Will it be stressful moving our family on only 1 suitcase each? Yes (uncomfortable)
Will it be challenging to be there without a support system and dealing with a different culture/language? Yes (uncomfortable)
Anything worth doing is going to be uncomfortable at first. But we believe that doing what you love will make you happy in the end, you just have to get through the hard work and difficult phase. The discomforts of the move far outweigh the feelings of regret we may feel later. So for now, we are embracing uncomfortable.