Thursday, September 17, 2009

That's how we are here ...

Yesterday it happened so that I read a few of the blogs I follow in my free time, and ironically they sounded similar ... missing days back home, family, friends.
But at the same time I see everyone (including me) passing through new experiences, enjoying them, sharing them, trying to make a place here and trusting their blog buddies enough to share how they feel.

It is fantastic the way we know each other, through blogs, through what everyone has to say about their experiences, thinking, and life over here, everyone is so different and still we all connect in a way.
I read Droomvla's post and it made me realized I haven't written much about how we are here and why we are here !

We moved here last summer, June 2008. Ohhh I think this is the wrong start; I have to rewind a bit more.

I met Ashu through common friends when I was pursuing my MBA. After 4 years we decided, this is the right thing to do and got married last year in March 2008.
Ashu is in software industry and his projects made him living in between India and Netherlands for quite some time.... flying here and there. He had offer to move here which he didn't consider at that time for about two years. After marriage, very next month he was here again. Considering the fact that normally in one year, 6 months he was staying here, we thought to give it a shot. After all we didn’t get married to live this way, half of the time missing each other.

Then came the difficult part. As this meant I had to resign from my job and start a new career here. Lots of anxiety, on would I get as good a job and company as I had, would I have to start my career all over again? Part of myself asked me if I was taking right decision, what if this is a deadly decision for my career.
But it's said love conquers all, and it did!

We moved here 15 months back. One day we were invited for a dinner at one of his colleague's place. So nice of her. While talking came to know her husband works in engineering project Management Company, and in their company they have a similar function, what I did in my last job and actually they were looking for people for that position. I applied, got call for my first interview here in Holland and that's it.
I was working again before I knew, in less than a month's time!
I felt lucky and same time felt I would have taken a break for some months, but I am happy.

It made me feel good that I didn’t have to struggle.
It made me feel good that I had a market value.
It made me feel good that I didn’t have to go through frustration period, which I would have apparently looking at my nature, sitting at home.

So this is my story... That is how I am here. Don't know how long we are going to be here, but for this moment I love it here.
We have a home here now, we have more time to do things we always wanted to and could not.

Staying here has taught me so much. I have learnt to understand and accept more of differences which come from different cultures. Most important I have learnt to appreciate smallest things, smallest joys that life brings along it.

Right now when i think about it I feel happy that we made that decision.
I am happy that we came here.
I am happy that we met, I am happy that I started blogging ! :o)

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dipali said...

whatever happens in life gud or bad,,happens for good cause if we feel its all worng going on i bet it will have gud outcome later in life.

Swatantra said...

Oh that is the lovely post.. I like that you find the joy in small things..

That is the most important part.. Enjoy your stay !! and make the best of these days...

Lizzy said...

Aww, I love this story. You're a lucky lady!

Unknown said...

That's nice, Lopa! Thanks for sharing these details, it helps to get to know you better. Difficult decisions, but luckily, it has turned out alright, hasn't it? And even if we miss and sometimes can get really very homesick, there are so many good things about living here, too!

Droomvla said...

It's so nice to know more about you, Lopa. The more I read about you, the more I am convinced that you are such a sweet, sweet lady. I am a believer of karma. You do good things. Good things happen to you! :)

And boy, am I green with envy!!! lol... You are soooo lucky! Imagine not having to wait so long to find a job. That's great! Keep up the good work! :)

pinay in dutchland said...

I agreee with Droomvla, you;ve been lucky to find a job fast.

Your story encouraged me in many ways, to stay positive and enjoy the country and make it my new comfort zone. thank you for sharing this lopa.

~ Lopa said...

@ dipali
You said it girl, I am with you on this :)

@ Swatantra
Thanks :)
yesterday is gone, who has seen tomorrow? So live in present and have fun :)

~ Lopa said...

Thanks Lizzy, Looking at you blog entries I envy your bf though, who gets delicious treats every now and then :) Or may be everyday :)

@ Aledys Ver
Yes, there are always ups and downs in life.. Yes we miss home but then there are always some positives and some negatives ( pros and cons) in everything !

~ Lopa said...

@ Droomvla
Yes, your post made me realised that I dont want to be known as just someone who is here for work ... hehehe kidding, ya but i thought it is good to know each other a bit more :)
And yes so now envy envy cancelled... I envy you for being so talented with arts, you can play piano.. i can't :(

@pinay in dutchland
Awww that is so nice of you to say that, I am glad that my post spreaded positive vibes !

Anonymous said...

Good approach to enjoy and conquer life, may you rock your life like this only, have happy times always, keep smiling :)
- Hetal

Anonymous said...

The best part is that you enjoy even the smallest joy of life .
A good shorten article.

thamarai said...

Hey Lopa, it is always interesting to know how someone landed where they are..It was like getting to know you better...your post was very encouraging...:)

~ Lopa said...

@ Hetal

Thanks :) rocking life to ahiya possible j nathi etli shanti jokes apart... thanks for your wishes. It's fun here in its own way :)

@ Anonymous

I strongly believe that this smallest part forms a biggest part of our live and if we miss this, we might miss most of the life :)
Thanks for dropping by and commenting....Btw I would have liked to address you by your name (whether right or wrong) rather than as anonymous...

~ Lopa said...

@ thamarai

Thanks Vij, yes i think sharing more about how, when, where helps to connect in a better way. It's kinda you know better who you are talking with... :)

vivek said...

it s amazing na- whenever we look at past, we find that most of the things that happened, happened for good.... like most of the people here believe you have had a fairy tell life till now.... but i think that s the way it is, bigger the pain greater the gain... love the fact that your life is so perfact now...
lots of love.

~ Lopa said...

@ vivek

True what you said, but that teaches one thing to be positive, to have faith that there is something good stored in the future and not to worry too much about present and not to cry too much over the past :)

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