Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breathing is effortless

The more I live here, in this northern part of the world, the more it gets to me ... That this is life. Every day that passes is my life. And the question remains the same: is this where I want it to be? When all that my soul, heart and mind seek for is the sun, the tropical ocean, the clear blue sky, the freedom of light, the lovely feeling of soft winds caressing my body. Playing with my mind. I can see myself walking with our son holding my hand. M cuddling my shoulder. I am wearing a long silk dress, we're all barefoot on a silent beach somewhere. We have a home next to this picture. And life is so much easier. Breathing is effortless.

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  1. Hi Stina,
    I left Sweden 12 years ago for a life in France. Work has also taken me to England for a few years and most recently, love brought me to Barcelona. I never regretted leaving Sweden. I am very close to my family but we speak on the phone often and visit each other several times a year. I could never imagine moving back to Sweden again for many reasons but one of the main ones is the weather. While growing up in Sweden I was constantly ill, with severe headaches, colds, sore throats, ear infections etc and non stop on antibiotics. Since I left Sweden, and especially since I started living in the south of France, I have a quality of life that is just amazing compared to Sweden. I am hardly ever ill, the sky is bright blue most days and I wake up feeling lucky and blessed. There are cold days but what makes all the difference is the so very important light.
    Take a chance.. Sweden will always be there if you want to go back..
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you for the comment. That's exactly how my mind goes. Thank you.

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  2. Beautiful post! I musy admit that since I live in Corsica, life seems a little bit easier, thanks to the sun, the sea, the heavenly climate...

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  3. Where would you like to move to Stina? :) Kram

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  4. Förstår dig, mycket att tänka över men det positiva med en flyttning tror jag överväger för er alla. Mycket är vackert i Sverige men det är det i andra länder också och vi har en hemsk vinter som tar energi, den är ful dessutom med all slask och sörja, bara i fjällen som det är fräscht med frisk luft men där bor de flesta inte. Stockholm har blivit så smutsig mycket pga av den överbelastade trafiken, dålig luft m m. Och en viss otrygghet tycker jag man upplever. Och gott om sura människor, särskilt i serviceyrken. I framtiden har du skolperspektivet och jag tror det finns bättre skolor utomlands många gånger.
    Nackdelar är att du och barnet kommer långt från din familj och vänner. Men kanske fördelarna överväger?

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  5. I think that it's difficult everywhere Stina....
    after a while unless to stay in Europe and with a lot of money.... Ex. Italy, Spain, South of France you will get mad after a while, and travel all the time (to see your family and friends),it sometimes tiring. To leave often is the better solution for me. XXX

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    1. Maybe, or maybe not. I really do not know and I am very confused in all of this.

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  6. Nackdel skrev jag och menade att lämna familj m fl här men det är förstås en fördel för barnet att bo med sin pappa också, föräldrarna är ju de viktigaste han har och skönt för dig att kunna dela vardagen med din man.

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    1. Håller med i allt. Inom en kort framtid måste det bli så.

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  7. Try, and you will know. The worst thing is regretting. I was in your shoes once, and I took the chance. It was wonderful and hard. When the everyday Life was established and after living in a lighter, warmer and wonderful envorionment- I found myself missing all the things you dislike with Sweden. I moved back to Norway and eventhough the weather is far from perfect I know that this is Home. I am lucky to have a man that followed me back home and he love the weather:-) Anyway, in your heart you know what to do. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

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  8. This is such a difficult question, I can fully relate as we face a similar dilemma. We are living in Sweden at the time but as my husband is Italian and we love Italy, there is always something missing. It is true as some commenter said about the illnesses - this winter/spring we have been facing so many colds and other problems all of us and it is really so tiring. Living in Italy, we were healthier. But I have a career that I love and that I have worked hard for that is not easy to pursue at other locations. And the thought of being a housewife is not apealling to me. Not to mention the fact that you need money - a lot of it - to live at the standard we are living at now abroad, especially when you have children. Which would probably mean increased working hours for my man, should we leave Stockholm.

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    1. Exactly the same problem we have. But we have to balance the plus and minus slowly but shorly and try. If it doesn't work, Sweden is always here.

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  9. Why don't you give your appreciation to all the comments hereby mentioned in comments ?

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