A life update for you all!
Full transparency, south has been the direction of my life the past twenty days. Upon my move back down to Nashville, most all has gone south as well. What was initial excitement turned into complete chaos (oh, just wait).
Long story, short-- seven days after I moved into my new place, my roommates and I were forced to move out. A large oak tree in our front yard punctured the main sewage line, causing the unmentionable liquid to move back into our home. Unfortunately the air ducts were also affected, and with potential asbestos threats in discussion, it was deemed a true act of god. We've been living out of hotels, our cars, an Airbnb, on couches, etc. for the past two weeks. We've all shed tears over the stress of lost rent money and deposits, the lease, feeling unsettled and unsure where to go next. Potential court claims were in the works as feelings of injustice swallowed my heart. It was the last scenario I could imagine upon moving back, disappointed in the expectation for a sweet and simple transition back.
And I'm here to say, now on the other side, the death of expectation has fostered good. Raw, genuine good in a messy situation. My two roommates, Holly and Fran, feel like sisters now. Issues with the house garnered excitement to walk into work, which has become a place of community and inspiration to do my best work. We are in a stable home with more room to spread out, equipped with a large back porch to gather with friends. As stressful as the past weeks have felt, I believe my previous situation was blown up to make room for something better.
This past weekend we moved into our new house just down the road. We all fell asleep Saturday night with feelings of relief and contentment to sleep in our own beds. Personally this experience has been a small taste of the injustice people all over the world experience everyday. The entire situation was unfair, but ultimately, injustice was only an acquaintance for a short period of time. What is a memory for me is a reality for many. For the refugee, the displaced, the marginalized, I feel a newfound empathy. In the wake of events in our nation/world at the moment I don't think this all could have come at a better time!
Hoping you all have a wonderful week!