Do you ever just wake up one day realizing that your life needs a change?
It all started back in January 2011 when I was living in my hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I had many regrets in my life up to that point, and my life was on a downwards spiral. I needed a change. Desperate and unsure of what to do, I wrote an email to a company I used to work for – they have multiple stores in the north and across the country. I figured that if I didn’t know what to do, I would wing it and try to get a job with them. After only about three days, my email was answered with an interview request.
Not even a week later, I was in. I had a job in Arviat, Nunavut. So I packed my bags and let my uncle and aunt know I was on my way out. I was living with them at the time, and I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me, but it was time for me to move on and live my own life. I then phoned my cousin and asked if she would give me a ride to my other uncle’s in Edmonton. I wanted to take a few months to spend time with him and his family, and just take a breather. I then spent the next few weeks/months getting to know myself and my uncle’s family more. I also met some good friends – one which will be in my life forever.
The day was March 26th, 2012. My flight from Edmonton to Arviat was early in the morning, so my uncle drove me to the airport at 5:30 AM – I remember being nervous at the time, thinking that maybe I would bail and leave back to Saskatoon or even stay with him for a while longer. He told me not to give up, and that whatever I wanted in life or felt was right, I needed to go for it. My family isn’t very emotional, but I remember him giving me a big hug and telling me to take care of myself.
I went through security not knowing what was next in my journey. Within the hour, I was in the sky for a short stop in Winnipeg. Reaching that airport and not knowing where to go was the next most terrifying part. It all started there: I checked in with this very nice lady at the Calm Air desk and she asked me what I was going do in Arviat. She was very ensuring that I was going enjoy the north. I had a couple of hours to wait untill my flight, but it wasn’t long untill I was in the air flying to my destination. It was a nice sunny day, so I was able to see the whole landscape of the ground below – where the trees ended and the rocky land began.
I landed in Arviat at about 7:00 PM that night. I remember how scared I was that I didn’t know anyone. Had to wait a while, and then the store manager picked me up. He drove me around and showed me all the things in town that you can see and do. I went to my new house that night, feeling as lonely and lost as I have ever felt. I had a great friend from Saskatoon who still provided me with the support and the inspiration I needed to succeed.
I had spent the next couple of weeks trying to fit in and do anything to feel like this was the right thing to do. I made some good friends during my time in Arviat, but only after one short month, I had enough – I was ready to do something else. That was the worst month of my life. It felt like a jail, and I hardly talked to my family back home because I didn’t want them to know I was giving up. Not just on the job, but on life. I felt myself changing into this new person, but I knew I couldn’t give up.
My good friend always told me that I needed to do this, that I needed to find out.
So that’s what I did…