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Sitting at my desk here in Norwich, England, I often feel like a cog in what is a huge machine, sometimes small and churning around.
I think about the day that Willow and I will say good bye to my parents and walk through those gates at the airport to fly to Canada, soar over the mountains and hit that beautiful skyline I’ve only ever seen in the pictures.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 at 4pm, all of our hard work paid off and my study visa was approved.
What feelings I hear you say? Well, that’s a question! A bundle of excitement, nerves, sadness (as I will miss friends and family), happiness, all rolled into one.
All my colleagues hugged me and we celebrated! I have been lucky enough from the start of this journey to have a supportive workplace who have known I wanted to leave the UK from the start.
I packed my bag at the end of the day and headed back to my parents. I cried with relief as I never thought this day would come. I put all the windows down and felt the sun on my face. I put the radio on; it was coincidentally playing Coldplay – Adventure of a Life Time (song at the bottom of this post).
When I got home, Willow was sitting in the garden cuddling our family dog, Ben. I knelt down beside him and we hugged, I asked how his day was and I said;
‘What?’ he said.
‘It got approved’
‘Seriously – we are going!’
My Mum and Step Dad have not liked the thought of all of this at first, and were devastated that I wanted to move away. My Mum had me young and my Step Dad has been my true Father figure, however they let us live with them to save and supported us. My Mum cried at the thought of us leaving when it was approved, but I hope she understands its truly what I want.
The last two years of saving and planning paid off, and we enjoyed a glass of wine in the garden to celebrate.