Suggested soundtrack: Signs of Life, by Alan Singley

Big decisions

We all make big decisions that define who we are, who we think we are, and how others view us. The big decisions we make have the potential to turn pipe dreams into pinch-me-reality.

I’m on the verge of making some big decisions. The biggest decision I’ll make in the next couple of months is whether or not I should move to Sweden to study.

Moving to Sweden would mean being thousands of miles away from my family, which would be kass.

Kass

adjektiv
vard. useless, lousy, no good

No matter how prepared I think I am for that, I don’t think it’ll hit me until I touch down in Sweden and say “This is home now.”

But the reality of life today is that we’re closer than ever.

A family separated by the sea who stay in touch will always be closer than a family whose members pass each other in the hallway without so much as a nod. So even if I’m thousands of miles away, I’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that our relationship transcends physical presence.

Realising a pipe dream

Moving to Sweden feels like something I have to do. There’s a half of me I’m yet to explore fully. The thought of awakening part of my identity that has been dormant for some time makes my heart race with excitement.

I dream of speaking fluently with my fellow countrymen, of midsummers eves spent in Stockholm’s archipelago, and of owning a small cabin in the mountains to which I can retreat when I grow weary of the city’s buzz.

Saying ‘yes’ to the big decisions in life brings us that little bit closer to realising our pipe dreams.

by Henrik Anderson