Sometimes it’s impossible to relieve the stress of moving abroad. Although, there are times when it is possible. I have some stress relievers that are tried and true for me, but I like to play with them.
I don’t know what to call them, so I just say they are quirks, habits and routines. Read on to find out what I do!
The movies and shows I refer to contain spoilers.
I also posted some GIFs on Instagram related to this post that you can see too!
The Great Escape:
I never would have guessed that I could relate to a movie about a German POW camp when I’m moving abroad!
When I have 20 days left in a country, I refer to it as 20 days in the cooler!
I should have expected that a comedy that makes fun of racism can provide entertainment for moving abroad, but I didn’t! Here are my faves!
Authentic Frontier Gibberish:
Sometimes, people give me authentic frontier gibberish for moving away. It’s a lot like this.
Shitload of Dimes:
When Mum and I moved to Canada, we were concerned about whether we would be let in. To laugh about that, and the time my Dad was turned away, I say being turned away is like going back to get a shitload of dimes!
Fingers crossed because I’m a US citizen the border crossing will go smoothly and I won’t have to go back to get a shitload of dimes!
You Know, Morons:
When people give me shit for moving, I remember this classic line from Blazing Saddles. I especially remember it when I get stupid ethnocentric crap.
Did you know Gene Wilder improvised that line?
I mean, it is nice to see that Jim is reassuring Sherrif Bart and telling him to remember what the people are. Then he adds, “You know, morons.” Epic!
Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit:
I added some of my own like huffing paint thinner and antidepressants.
The Poor Didn’t Want This One:
When I am getting rid of stuff, invariably, there is stuff that is hard to get rid of! When that happens, I think of the Sound of Music. Maria says that their worldly clothes were given to the poor.
When Captain Von Trapp asks her about her dress and Maria says, “The poor didn’t want this one!”
I can’t get over Captain Von Trapp saying, “Hmm” in response to that!
Yeah, sometimes you get rid of stuff that nobody wants. Unfortunately, the only choice is landfill.
A New Addition– Schitt’s Creek!:
In my last post, I mention that I am waiting for the right time to say Johnny Rose’s line in Season 1, Episode 1 of “there’s a pharmacy of drugs wearing off most of us right now!”
Elaborating on how I can relate to Schitt’s Creek as a TCK, especially when I move abroad is a post in its own right. But for now, this GIF sums up beautifully what I want to do when the days get rough.
It’s The Final Countdown:
When it’s 10 days before I leave a country, I play this song.
Depending on the Move:
This is for when my Dad and I are driving through the mountains. Dad had better not say to me to head it off at the pass! I genuinely HATE that cliche!
Another thing I just did was watch Fly Away Home and Storm Boy. I’m so going to miss the magpies that I feed! These movies are great for when you get so attached to birds and then you have to part from them!
Well, that’s it for my little quirks, habits and routines that keep me sane when I move abroad.
This will be my last post in Canada, so next time I will share my story of driving a moving van back to the Bay Area!
See you on the other end!