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18 February 2013

Well I am finally moved. Two things remain: I need to get my piano’s action unlocked, and I need to hang pictures. I’ve already called about the piano. I’m in no rush about the pictures.

It was about seven weeks ago that I got my job offer at MECMC. Now I live in ECC. My apartment is beautiful and even though it’s too expensive I feel like I never want to leave. Beautiful building, great location. And it turns out that 800 square feet is more than enough. After roaming around in a 1900 sqft house all alone for three years, I was worried I wouldn’t feel like I have enough space. But I do.

The support I’ve received over the last six months, in my job search and in my move, has been incredible. Here and on twitter and in AA meetings people have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic. When I didn’t know what to do or how to do it, I received advice, emotional support and important cautionary anecdotes. Everyone was kind, helpful, and genuine. What an amazing place. Sometimes the Internet can be a cold, hateful realm. But I have found a light, warm corner of it.

I needed to make a huge withdrawal of emotional energy from my friends and family. Luckily, the balance was there. I remember @labroides saying, when my job-talk at MECMC was about to start, “We’re all on board 100% to get you this job.” I needed that. I needed the support of my community. And I got it.

I often feel guilty asking for help. Like I shouldn’t need it or don’t deserve it. I never felt that way here. People seemed so honestly ready and willing to support me. I couldn’t have done all this alone. And I didn’t.

And now I’m ready to start giving back again. I owe my community big time. I took a big loan and I am now ready to repay. My insanity can subside now, along with the stress levels bordering on the absurd. Thank you. Thank all of you for so much.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Syd permalink
    18 February 2013 09:51

    Glad that all is good and the most stressful part is over. Now you can do what you were trained to do and be a scientist.

  2. 18 February 2013 16:57

    The great thing about AA is that it is like a battery. Some times you just charge it up then others use it as theatre low on power other times you realise it is you having to draw on it. Either way neither owes the other one anything

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