Saturday, June 12, 2010

Is The Honeymoon Over?

I really hate complainers. Things can't be that bad, do something about it or just shut up already. I think I need to take my own advice because I'm becoming one of those hated people. I can see it happening like I'm watching myself from outside my body.... Do I need a reality check? Do I just need to suck it up? Is my honeymoon with the north over?

As you know I've had a few complaints of late with the state of health care in Nunavut. I also have complaints I haven't talked about involving Nick's work, the airlines, the mail system, our housing....Yesterday, I went to get my drivers license switched to show our Pang address instead of the Dorset address and was told it could be up to a year to get the new one. In the meantime they were going to keep the old card in exchange for a printer receipt that doesn't have a license number or anything official to show that it's more than something I kept from my last trip to Walmart. Since I'll be heading down south in a few weeks and will be renting a car and driving on highways, I didn't think giving up my real license was a good idea. So I cancelled the request and will probably just keep the Dorset address for the duration of our life in the territory.

So yet again, I'm complaining about how inefficient things are up here. Yet again I'm whining about things I thought I accepted as part of choosing to live here. I have secretly (and not so secretly) chastised people in the last couple of years for these types of complaints knowing these types of things are just part of the northern lifestyle. So why has my attitude changed?

 Is it possible that how I feel is a normal progression? Kind of like the 5 stages of grief, is there an attitude curve of sorts for northern living. First you find the differences shocking but you quickly move on to feeling the inefficiencies add to the charm of the slower pace of your new life. Next, your ability to not freak out becomes kind of a badge of honor that you show off to newcomers who are still feeling things out. Then you move on to the stage that I'm in where you're just at the end of your tolerance level and are just annoyed with everything. Finally you come to the bliss of a long time resident where it's just normal to you to have to give blood 2 or 3 times for the same test because it never made it to Iqaluit for evaluation. It doesn't bother you, it just IS.

There are so many things that I love about living here and am thankful for the opportunities that the slower pace allows but sometimes my anger just gets the better of me. I'm going to make a better effort to stay positive and try and remember the good when the bad rears it's ugly head. I still have at least two years to live here and I don't want it to be a mental hardship. By nature I'm a positive person, up for anything and easy going. I don't want her to be lost in this chronic complainer that has emerged. I strive to find that last stage in order to maintain my sanity.


Kennie said...

I wouldn't say the honeymoon is over ... reality is just sinking in. I had the same frustrations in Nunavut too and to an extent the same here in Yukon.

BUT - license wise, if you are in Iqaluit (for longer than a two hour flight turn over) you can run to the brown building and get your license redone in about 15-20 minutes. Just gotta bring something with your new address on it. And a year to get a license? That seems a little strange as it sure didn't take mine that long to get swapped the first time..

Morena said...

Kennie, I got it done the first time Iq but don't have any plans to be there for long enough anytime soon. I will certainly do it I get stuck at some point. And they didn't say for sure it would be a year, but they did say some people have been waiting a year... whatever that means.

Tara Muise said...


Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Your description of the stages is dead-on! I went through all of them myself.

The hardest part for us was dealing with so many deaths. The suicides, the accidents, the elders... It really took its toll on Matt. Then when I lost a student and two of my students partners to suicide it just exhausted me mentally.

I miss Nunavut, but I feel so much more at home and have a mental peace in the Yukon.

Your two little men (and one big guy) will hopefully keep you busy and your mind off of those negatives. And of course you can always vent on email instead of publicly on the blog so you can get it out.

Now that whole license thing is hilarious. I dare you to get that piece of paper and pull it out at the rental place down south! Video tape it so we can all get a good laugh!!!

noinvitationrequired said...

Corey is still waiting to get the actual registrations for the vehicle and quads....that he registered last year. He has already done this year - think we will get this years before last years?