The Journey Of A Lifetime

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.

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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…

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