April 18, 2017
In the past couple weeks, several you have been asking what my plan is going forward.
In February 2017, I was relieved of my position in Nordegg and I have been staying temporarily in Red Deer looking for work. I have applied to over three dozen jobs and while the jobs may be posted there are literally hundreds of people applying for only a few positions – the unemployment rate is over 8.5% right now (down from over 9% at the end of 2016).
At the beginning of May, I have decided to take at least a week “vacation” from looking for work and to travel to Ontario to reconnect with friends and family. Since I won’t be receiving any benefits for that week from unemployment I need to decide rather quickly whether the trip there will become a permanent one or not.
In the last six months, I have grown “homesick” for Ontario. I miss my family and friends. I miss the culture and the feeling of Ontario. It has been about eighteen months since I went on vacation there back in September 2015 and I feel that a lot has changed, both with me and with Ontario, in my absence.
I know many of us from Ontario who moved to Alberta said they are “never going back”. Well, I think most of the people who are not going back there also have families here in Alberta with them. It is one thing to move across the country with your spouse and kids and build a new life versus trekking out into the unknown and leaving everything behind. It’s not that I’m reneging on my words or that I am a hypocrite. I believe that when you try something new you should commit to it one hundred percent and that’s exactly what I tried to do in my move to Alberta.
So, where am I at?
Well, my only “official plan” right now is to visit Ontario and then decide. I should know around the 15th of May whether I am going to commit to a relocation back to Ontario or not. I have spent the last week weighing the pros and cons of living out west and I will be honest with you and say that so far, I am only at about twenty-five percent in favour of remaining in Alberta.
I wrote about how I like retail only in that it pays the bills and puts food on the table. I would like to pursue some re-training if I move back to Ontario, probably in the field of security or tourism. I would also like to pursue my abilities in freelance online writing and photography and see if I can not turn these hobbies into viable career options.
Could I do these things out here in Alberta? Yes, but I think that, for starters, the tourism industry is developed far better in Ontario than it will ever be in Alberta, and second, I refer to the feeling of being homesick and that won’t go away if I remain here.
So, that is where I am at. For now, I’m going to “visit” Ontario and then we will see what we see.
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