Monday, October 17, 2016

I miss my dad

I miss my dad. I’m not sure there’s an easy way to talk about it or describe how it feels to not have one of your parents around but a lesson I’ve learned through writing here the last 5 years is that writing almost always makes me feel better so that is what we are going to try and accomplish now.

My dad died when I was 19 from a brain tumour. I vividly remember the drives out to his place and eventually to Sudbury where he was at the hospital.  It wasn’t super drawn out but also didn’t happen suddenly. I can remember thinking the Christmas before it happened that I was under the impression that this was going to be the last Christmas we spent together; unfortunately, I was right.

I try not to use vulgar language whilst writing these posts but if I’m allowed to speak freely, losing your dad fucking sucks. The thing people don’t tell you is that while the immediate pain eventually goes away, you’re never back to 100%. Your first birthday, Thanksgiving, his birthday and Christmas are all reminders of what just happened. Oh, so you graduated from school, booked a one-way ticket or going to your brother’s wedding? Don’t worry, it will all become much sadder because it’s a reminder that person isn’t around to experience it with you. I have a nephew who talks about a papa he will never get to meet. Whoever draws the short straw and falls in love with Teacher Bert won’t ever get to watch a movie with my dad and almost immediately hear him snore. 

On the plus side, I won’t have to hear him complain about my grass being too long or not green enough. My kids won’t be told how when they walk they pronate and should get orthotics. They won’t be told when they’re bored to walk the dog or do their research for a research project they don’t have. They won’t know the sweet sound of gospel music being blasted at 400% volume or the reliability of their grandpa eating all their chocolate bars they need to sell for school.

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While it is by far the worst thing that has ever happened to me, there are small bright sides. No matter what obstacle has come my way since then, it pales in comparison. Oh, that girl doesn’t want to give you her number? Tough break but it beats being at your dad’s funeral. I’ve probably saved a few dollars on Father’s Day gifts that I’d like to say have transferred into better Mother’s Day gift but we all know that’s not true.

I suppose another reason I’m writing this post is because a big portion of people in my age bracket haven’t had to deal with this type of scenario. Some have but most haven’t. This is my attempt into giving people a peek into what life after death is like. Oftentimes, when I hear that a friend is going through something similar, it brings me right back to that day I was in the room with my brother when it all went south. After that happens, most people are rightfully at a loss for what to say. There’s no magic word or pill to make you feel better. While a Facebook message or text from me isn’t going to change the trajectory of their next few weeks, I hope that it gives a brief glimmer of hope that eventually, it won’t hurt. Eventually it will make you tougher; eventually it will make you realize we only get once chance on planet Earth and we need to love while we can. Be as sad/angry/frustrated/confused as you like. Emotions are meant to be felt. You need to feel it. People grieve in different ways. 

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My best advice would be to surround yourself with people who love you. Cry as much or as little as you like. Get mad if that’s how you feel. Feel hopeless, betrayed or devastated. I would suggest not making any rash life choices or doing anything that might harm you. I would also caution against drinking too soon after. It could lead to you asleep on the grass outside an ESSO gas station while a group of girls wakes you up to call your mom who lives 30 minutes outside of town instead of walking the 5 minutes back down the street from where you came from. It could also end with you signing a release form by paramedics stating you refused help and to sign where the X is. You could sign your name and the paramedic alerts you to the fact that you signed your name but not where the X is. You may also awake at home in your bathroom, miss work and a dentist appointment but those are all hypothetical.

Just to be clear, I didn’t write this to make anyone sad, or for anyone to feel sorry for me. I have and do live a charmed life. I am insanely lucky to have the family I have, endless opportunity, great friends and health. If I could reshuffle the deck, there’s no chance I would take that deal. We all get dealt different hands and I just wanted to shed some light on a topic that consumes some of my daily thoughts.

If your mom, dad, uncle, grandma or grandpa are still around and you find yourself wondering how much time you have left, I have one suggestion for you:
Find pictures of them as baby, kid, teenager and adult and ask them what the heck was going on in those pictures. Family albums are gems that I promise will make your sides hurt. Find an album, brew some tea and listen to some stories.

Let’s end on a positive note. The lessons I learned through being my father’s son is not to work hard, love your family and put them first, the baby is always the favourite, water the grass, shovel the driveway and walkways, put salmon in tinfoil and steam it in the dishwasher without other dishes, give back (20+ years hosting a three hour, volunteer Gospel radio show), get good snow tires, no joking around at border crossings, a love for driving, a soft spot for ‘Con Air’, ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘Married with Children’, and to cheer and stick up for the underdog.

 I sometimes wonder what he would think of Thailand, New Zealand, Poland and whatever comes next. I think that he would worry about me getting hurt, (he didn’t instill a great enough fear of roofs into me) and not seeing my family enough but I think that he would think that this has been a pretty cool ride. I bet he would want me to meet a beautiful, smart young woman to spend the end of time with but it’s comforting to know that meeting my future draw dropping wife won’t instantly give him a heart attack. Love your friends and family with all your heart. Time marches on and we don’t always get second chances. Photo albums. 

"Songs of love, hope and inspiration."

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Am I a feminist?

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I’ve decided to try and write a post about a topic I have zero expertise, knowledge or experience with. (Sound familiar?)

I love asking people questions. I hate small talk but if you want a topic for conversation, I got you. Two of my favourite questions the past few weeks have been:
1-What 2-3 thoughts cross your mind the most each day.
2-What do men not understand about women.

Now, I will give you a minute to think of your own responses.

Do you think your answers match up to my unofficial research? If you are a woman, I’m going to guess one of your two thoughts. Don’t believe me?

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Overwhelming, the top answer is food. There is no second place. As for what men don’t understand about women, the answers vary but resemble how men don’t pick up on signals, need to be told instructions clearly and directly and how men can’t fathom how much women analyze each moment of every waking period of time. A woman I asked couldn’t understand how it’s possible for me to not think about something for a period of time; she has never not thought about something once. The fact that men and women are so different and we all live/work/play in the same spaces is proof that whoever/whatever created us has a sense of humour.

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A few other events that I’ve noticed also nudged me in the direction of writing about this. It’s not getting too much attention in the media but there is an election going on in America and there is a man running against a women for the presidency of the United States of America. The debate happened last week and whilst politicians aren’t known for their polite demeanour, a headline coming out of the debate was the overwhelming amount of times the male candidate interrupted the female candidate. The woman essentially never interrupted him or called him out on his behaviour. An article the next day essentially claimed that this is what living life as a woman is. Being interrupted, “mansplained” to, seen as inferior or a sexual object.

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Now, I have no idea, being a man who can’t keep his room clean but I can see how these claims could be accurate. Another article dove deeper and explained how much harder it is for women to get access to Obama and the inner circle in the White House due to an old boys network and balancing having a family and being on call 24/7.

One policy women adopted in meetings was to repeat a key point made by a woman and giving her credit so another person couldn’t claim the idea as their own. As a sidebar, Justin Trudeau has half men and half women in his cabinet. What up America? A second piece of media attention that had me reflecting was a video I saw last year but saw again this weekend. This video I feel is accurate and can only try to imagine how annoying it would be to walk through daily life like this.

Catcalling is not a practice I understand or support. I’m all about trying to find a wife and finding true love but you need to understand the situation, how they are feeling and are dealt with daily in these situations. I have a sneaky suspicion that at times, some women want to be approached by a certain man that catches their eye. However, it’s the guy they don’t want to be approached by is doing the approaching while the more compatible suitor is laughing out loud whilst listening to comedy podcasts on the subway.

A big reason I don’t like approaching women at bars is because you are seen as just another monkey in a jungle filled with the most monkeys. So lately I’ve been trying to imagine what it’s like to be an attractive female, living in Toronto and the challenges but also the perks the receive. I would be interested in hearing about any insights you may have on this topic.

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Do you know what the definition of a feminist is?

The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.

So to sum up, being a feminist means you think guys and girls are equal and should be treated the same? In what world is not every human a feminist? We won’t veer off on how religions play a part in this but I think that when people think of a feminist, they think of a woman who hates men, loves women, has hairy legs and is generally bitter and uptight. The problem might be in the baggage of the word feminism. What if there was a modern, more hip term to galvanize the world into supporting your sister and your mom as much as your brother and father?  Now I’m obviously not the first person to think this so I did some major internet research and found a few new words that have been proposed. They crowned the winner to be Equalism. Gender neutral, new beginning and kind of catchy. Runners up?

Equality for everyone regardless of their genitals


GEM (Gender Equality Movement)




I love questions but I also have a fondness for quotes. I’m not sure how many women would agree with this quote but I am confident it has some merit.

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

Margaret Atwood

I had never thought about it in those terms but I found it eye opening. When I’m walking home late at night, the thought of a man raping me doesn’t cross my mind. Stealing my $5 bill in my wallet concerns me a bit but it’s a hit I could take. I remember going on a blind date with a lady and I told her I could pick her up and she gave me her address. After the date, I thought that giving a man who you barely know your address seems to not be very prudent. She obviously had nothing to worry about with me because I never saw her again because I have some fairy-tale dream of how I’m going to meet my wife and picking her up in an Enterprise Rent-a-Car was just not going to happen. 

There are a lot of strange men out there who might not be the most intelligent, caring, or good looking and they have a more negative view of women that I may have. While I’m no Sean Connery, I’m not an Ogre who has major hurdles to climb when trying to find a partner for life. Some men have harder times and I can see how being rejected their entire life could build up some animosity but it’s not an excuse to make women feel uncomfortable or unsafe. It must be wild for grandmothers to see the stark differences between how they were raised and treated compared to a young girl being brought up today.

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If you have any thoughts/comments/concerns, I would love to hear them. I’m just a guy trying to get a bit more perspective on the fairer sex. I am an Equalist after all.

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“The rise of women does not mean the fall of men.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Definitive over and underrated list

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I like to ask people questions. This summer I have elevated my question asking to Michael Jordan level heights. I made an initial list then did a bit of research into what other people think is over and underrated. Don’t feel free to disagree.  This list is accurate for everyone on planet Earth.  

Not having plans:
Give it a try. Frees up your day to do whatever you like and say yes to opportunities that present themselves.
Record players:
A simpler time. Find a record, put the needle in the groove, switch it sides; it’s nice.
Feels good, good for you. Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself.
Being on time:
We aren’t savages. You said 10am; I’m here. Be on time.
Sorry can you repeat yourself? I wasn’t listening. You don’t need to be thinking about what clever thing you are going to say next. Listen to the words coming from someone else.
Random acts of kindness:
Being nice to a stranger that you will never see ever again. I promise they won’t forget it and it gives them hope for humanity.
Getting into a competition with a complete stranger over a set of Japanese knives? SOLD!

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Picnic blankets/blanket for the beach:
Not having to sit on the sand or grass is a sign of planning and maturity. Why don’t we lay down on this beautiful, massive, comfortable blanket?

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Being anonymous:
Being able to wander around planet Earth and nobody knowing who you are, being able to go about your daily affairs is quite pleasant. I’m sure being famous has its positives but I like blending in…for the most part.

How wise older people are:
Older people know things. Ask an older person something. They will tell you what’s up.
Being upfront and honest:
Knowing that you can trust someone and the words they speak are truthful is what friendship is. People like knowing where they stand with you and appreciate honesty when delivered respectfully.

Something I lack. Having the discipline to have a plan, stick to it and execute it. You can’t have too much discipline.
One way tickets:
I’m biased. Lack of discipline.
Have you met a goat before? They are tremendous and we haven’t even brought up goat cheese yet.

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Harry Potter:
Ukraine and Poland:
My people. 
Shhhhhhh. Go somewhere quiet; it’s much nicer there.
I could write an entire post about lists. You want to be more productive and get things done? Make a list. It’s that simple.

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Being helpful:
How can I help? People aren’t asking you for your kidney, just help the lady with her bags.
They are free learning centres! And they should be a quiet place! WHAT A WORLD WE LIVE IN!
Another possible post. Basically, we have too much stuff and we could live with 95% less things. Watch this:
Being smart:
Knowing things comes in handy daily.
Giving compliments:
Compliments should not be kept on the inside. You think he has nice eyes? Tell him. You like her nails? She is waiting for you to notice!
Following the rules:
Who doesn’t like parking for 2 hours in a 1 hour parking spot? Break a rule today. I dare you.
A random person smiling at you:
Smiling is contagious. Disarms you
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The reason you disagree with this is the exact reason why it’s overrated. You ever been around wacko people who love coffee and the house runs out in the morning? Everyone needs to take a few steps back and ease off the addiction.
Being like everyone else
I understand that people need careers, money and status but there is a growing number of people who are successful but don’t follow the traditional path.
Live bands when you’re going out on a Friday or Saturday night:
Acoustic music whilst eating tacos on a Tuesday is acceptable.
I don’t want to hear your live band play “Don’t Stop Believin'” or “Wonderwall”. Exit stage right.

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Food trucks:
Food from a truck; get over it you big hipster you. Except Arvid’s food truck. That’s underrated.
Singer Pink:
How is she still around and now trying to ruin my main man Kenny Chesney’s career with her terrible, unique voice. She probably loves drinking Starbucks whilst searching for the perfect food truck.

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It is nice but women go crazy for layers and scarves.

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The Beatles:
I don’t get it.
People who are good looking have an insanely easier and more privileged life.
Does this need a sentence justifying it being overrated?
Oh boy. The internet and possibly the world would be a better place to live without cats.
This is a sensitive topic for some but I feel that the negatives greatly outweigh the positives.
New Zealand:
I feel like I’ve mentioned this before….
Drinking has to be overrated. It’s expensive, makes you feel terrible and I have a feeling it affects decision making. It has its time and place but as a general rule, we could all drink a bit more apple juice and listen to our grandparents talk about how they met.
New Year’s Eve:
Have you gone out for New Year’s Eve? I used to feel more strongly about this one but my past 5 have been pretty above average. As a standard rule, I think staying in with a bunch of close friends is the optimal way to ring in the new year.
Settlers of Catan:
It’s a solid game but people have gotten way too carried away.

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Feel free to add your own to the list but be aware that this list is accurate and error free. I hope you all relish in the upcoming fall season.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” 
Earl Nightingale

Monday, August 22, 2016

Do you even have friends, bro?

It’s been a little quiet in Teacher Bert’s Corner lately; mainly because I don’t have a job and bragging about that to the rest of the world isn’t a recommended practice. It has been a doozy of a summer that is slowly turning into fall. What’s next? Who knows but I read an article recently that has sparked some thought and I I've tried to assemble my thoughts into words that hopefully bring you a dash or two of insight. Let’s dive in.

How many friends do you have? How would we even measure this? Would anyone really glance at their Facebook profile and proclaim they have 1, 072 friends? Or are we looking over our Twitter and Instagram followers and doing some basic math to come up with a reasonable number? If you want to read an intelligent person’s take on this topic, this article sparked my thinking:

A few of the highlights from the article were:
-Friendship studies conducted have found that reciprocity rates in friendship vary from 34 to 54 per cent.
-Layers of friendship. First layer has one or two people (my mom is obviously #1 with nobody in sight at #2). The second layer has four spots then the tiers gradually deteriorate from there.
-Not having close friends can hurt your physical health and decrease life expectancy.

This second article spoke on how it’s hard to make friends after 30

-Three conditions for making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and open up.
-Seeking out specific friends might be easier than finding a new BFF. A book friend, workout friend, food friend, etc. (I’d like to find a lady friend who I could give back massages to and she laughs at my jokes but that friendship list is not trending in the right direction)

I also read somewhere that a person is truly blessed if they have 10 true friends in their lifetime. When I was younger, I used to make fun of my mom because she only had 3 friends. “Mom, one of your three friends called last night; you can probably guess which one.” I thought I was so cool because I imagined I had X times many more friends than her. She was the lucky one.

I tried to figure out a scenario of how to find out who your true friends are. I first thought of people you would call to bail you out of jail. But I thought it would be a pretty bold move for someone not to help you in that situation. Also, that is the primary reason we have families. Primary. I’m almost certain my brother’s first thought when I told him I booked a one way ticket to Thailand was that he was going to bear the weight of bailing me out of my almost certain demise.
People who would help you move is a great test. When my dad died, it meant a lot to me to have my close friends around at the same time knowing they had my back.

To me, I think my close friends aren’t necessarily people I speak to every day. I promise that some of them I wouldn’t want to talk to every day….I think moving outside of Canada, meeting more new people than I ever would have staying here has broadened my overall “friends list” but has also seen a few entries into the “close friends list”. Some people are great at staying in touch, calling, messaging or meeting up when you’re in the same area. Some people on my list are terrible at those things but I don’t hold that against them. People are great at some aspects of friendship and lacking on others but the vital element is when that person crosses your mind, how do they make you feel?

This summer has made me realize that it’s important to re-evaluate your friendship roster; not because you want to delete people from your Facebook feed or be petty but to focus your thoughts, time and love on the people who reciprocate it. As we get older, we make less new friends but grow closer to the ones we have. Grow close to the people who deserve it, make you feel loved and are there for you like when you are there for them. It’s okay that not everyone is a close friend, it’s just important to understand your tiers, manage expectations (of course!) and be open to letting new people into your life and seeing where it takes you. They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who are you spending your time with?

“Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.”  Mandy Hale

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Poland Report Card

Thailand and New Zealand have received their reports. It is now time to see how Poland stacks up.

Oh, I’m back in Canada and it is fantastic.

Food B-
 I don’t want to offend anyone here (which I feel will happen inadvertently) but I didn’t fall in love with Polish cuisine. To be fair, I don’t think Canadian cuisine, whatever it may be, is the best but Polish food didn’t really do it for me. They are in love with soups. Seriously. If you love soup, just move to Poland and you will never worry about anything again the rest of your life. They love their meats and vegetables. Nothing wrong with that. I just found it a bit bland and boring. I gave Thai food a B+ (I made a mistake in retrospect) so that leaves Poland in the B,B- area.

Price: A
Poland is cheap as. Not sure how much my rent was because it was so low. Metro tickets, eating out, clothes, all great deals. Keep it up Poland.

Location: A-
A few hour flight gets you anywhere in Europe and into Africa and the Middle East. Beautiful Ukraine and Germany are right there and Moscow is a stone’s throw is you want some cigarettes and bazookas.

Weather: B
Definite room for improvement on the whole cloud front and getting dark at 3pm in the winter. Conversely, nobody is complaining when the sun is rising at 3:30am during the spring. Winters aren’t terrible but the whole darkness situation is a deal breaker for me.

People: A-
Now this is a tricky one. My friends: A+. My students while they aren’t in my class talking about snapchat, A. Absolutely random Polish person you might encounter on the street while they give me a dirty look for my unique laugh? Let’s say a conservative B. When I first arrived in Poland, my roommate told me that Polish people are a little harder to get to know and open up to you but once they let you into the group, you’re in. I came to realize this was true when I was let into the group of our fearless leader, Michael. They treated the three Canadians the same as their Polish friends even though they knew we wouldn’t be around forever. They were better friends to me than I was to them. The quote that stands out from saying goodbyes was, “You know how I know that you like us Bert? You don’t pretend to like us.” This might not sound endearing to me but he was trying to say that (hopefully) that I’m sincere and don’t fake wanting to talk about things I don’t want to talk about. I feel total happiness, joy and gratefulness for the friends I met in Poland. It’s what I’ve thought about since coming back. That and my bicycle.

Safety: A
I had zero safety concerns whilst living in Poland other than needing to be on the lookout for wild boars. There are police at the metro stops, police randomly around town and I never felt unsafe. The first night I wandered around Warsaw, I saw two mountain of men yelling and trying to fight each other. I thought I was in for some real trouble the next year but luckily, no issues.

Activities: A-
There are definitely things to do in Poland. Wakeboarding, snowboarding, lakes, forests, concerts, museums, Old Towns, partying, walking tours, bowling, paintball, etc. Standard big city and quirky small town things to do. One activity that I have yet to experience is a Polish wedding. Apparently, they are legit and might be the best Polish experience to take in. I’m hoping to cross this off next July.

Transportation: A
While my main mode of transportation was my favourite orange bicycle, Uber was a mainstay. We could get from our house to the centre of Warsaw in about 20ish minutes and it only cost $10. I’d rather not look through my Uber receipts from the last year. Metro is cheap and accessible along with buses and blah blah cars. Cheap airlines (check-in online and print your boarding pass first!!!) take you anywhere in Europe and trains that are insanely efficient, comfortable and affordable. Europe kills Canada in this department.

Beauty: B+
Poland has beautiful lakes, mountains and countryside. Not all that different from a Canadian landscape. I give the edge to Canada.

Nightlife: A
Poland knows what’s up in the partying department. No 2am closing times, no 8 hour LCBO times to deal with and limited, if any, cover charges. Polish people love their vodka, shot bars and jut overall going for it. My only advice would be to never, and I mean never, drink moonshine with a Pole. You’ve been warned.

Girls: A

Health Care: A-
I’m pretty stoked that I didn’t go to a hospital this entire year! I did get strep throat and went to a dentist once but my knowledge here is limited. If you got sick in Poland though, they’d take good care of you then try to feed you moonshine as a celebratory drink; don’t do it! You’re going to do it aren’t you?

Environment: C+
Recycling didn’t seem to be a huge priority while living in Warsaw and I didn’t feel a big push to be green. They do have some wind farms on the way up to Gdansk but overall, progress could be made.

Politics: D
Poland is a country that is becoming more divided by the day. They have a very right wing President and Prime Minister that don’t have the backing of the majority of Polish people. They aren’t overly inclusive to immigrants and the LBGTQ community. This is the biggest issue that Poland is facing and it doesn’t look the problem is in any way improving. Brexit might also have a negative effect as well as more refugees needing sanctuary. They do have a large Ukrainian population and Ukraine is incredible so it can’t be all bad.

Overall quality of life: B+
Safe, tons of travel, forests, rich history, resilient people, beer, gorgeous women that I never talked to, mild winters, Wroclaw and Magda Hoffman. Polish people love studying and most people have a great grasp of English so navigating life there is manageable.I never have or will regret my time in Poland. Being a little more environmentally friendly, being more inclusive and having a slightly smaller gap between rich and poor would be an overall plus. No doubt I will be visiting again before too long. Polish people all over the world should be proud to wear red and white, cheer on their Polish football club and drink every German they meet under the table.

Final grade: A-
Nothing wrong with Poland. People are always a little shocked and confused when I tell them I was living or have lived in Poland. The main question is: Why? I feel privileged to have called Poland my home and honestly feel more Polish than my half Irish, Scottish ancestry. I don’t care for their accents and more Polish people love me than Irish or Scottish people do so when people ask me my heritage, I will speak the truth but tell them my DNA might lean Irish and Scottish, but my heartbeats Polish.

“It has been said that Poland is dead, exhausted, enslaved, but here is the proof of her life and triumph.” 

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Seven days till Canada

A week from now, I will be on my way to Amsterdam for a 13 hour layover, then a little place people like to call home. It’s almost a wrap so instead of finishing my last grade of report cards, this is taking precedent. Funny enough, I just watched a TED talk about procrastination that spoke to me. This would be a better use of your time rather than reading what I think I need to say:

I’ve been asked what my plan is once I come home. Excellent question. I have a small handful of goals which I will share here:
1-My cousin Pat and MJ’s wedding. They aren’t both my cousins so it’s legit. They get married next Saturday and I arrive in Toronto next Friday so I’m extremely grateful to be getting to go to their wedding. I normally miss milestone events like this so the fact that I could swing it, brings me joy. Getting to see a big portion of that side of my family is another high selling point because once I’m semi settled in Toronto, my desire to travel back to Ottawa will be minimal.
2-See my family and friends as much as I can. I’m definitely ready to come home. I love travel just as much as the next person but I would be OK with toning it down this next year. Exploring new places is something I love but I also love my family and getting to do everyday things with them like Sky Zone dates, walks to get ice cream and anything niece or nephew related.

3-I’d like to try to start my own business and take a short break from teaching. I’m going to chill for the first two weeks then as usual, things will fall into place for me. Let’s pretend on the off chance things don’t work out, it will all end out working in my favour anyway. It always does but usually entails a few bumps in the road, last minute deadline application, being rushed in some manner or another then success. I’m prepared for that. So I will be a bit of a nomad so if you want some serious Bert time, I’m down to spend a few nights on your couch and make you instantly regret your decision. Be warned that I told my cousin after graduating university that I was only going to be there 2-3 months and I left 3 years later.
4-Find a wife? If you know of anyone that would like a semi-vagabond as a husband, will genetically bless their future children with one of a kind eyelashes and down to give weekly massages, send them over.

Poland is what's up and if I wasn’t anticipating coming home so much, I would probably miss it. One year has been enough but I will definitely miss biking through my forest, my roommates and being able to explore any European country I want (except Russia because they make Canadians get a visa; Ukraine is more my style anyway). I’d rate my teaching experience as a challenge, learning experience and exhausting. 
I visited Rome a few weeks ago and I’d like to think I will write a post about it, if not, believe the hype. Favourite country in Europe and there’s a reason people have real obsessions over it.
I’ve just about past my allotted time period for this post before finding a different activity in my house that distracts me from my actual priority. To sum up: I’m coming home. I’m excited. I’m open to any and all suggestions. Wife would be a bonus. Bert out.

Confidence Quote 15

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy of living your whole life on the ground.” Unknown