I got a job in Berlin
And i'll be moving there in six weeks
This'll be the fourth time I've moved to a new country by myself
Every time I do this, I overpack
I bring T-shirts I never wear, pillows I replace, mementos of events I firmly remember
On the last three moves, part of the preparation was thinking of all the things I wanted to change about myself in my new country
That'll be different this time, I would think, jotting down habits
It's tempting to think of a relocation as a reboot.
Or a facelift.
But really it's just a costume change.
You're the same lumpy you, just with a new social security number.
So this time I'm focusing on the stuff I want to do, not be:
Run, not walk.
Laugh, not think.
Show, not tell.
Make, not spectate.
Ultimately, your bad habits are the only thing you really take with you. And I'm not leaving a single one of mine behind.