Setting the Stage
Growing up in Coventry, England is one of the things I have always appreciated and been proud to declare about myself. While I only lived there up until I was 15, I still have many memories about the beautiful, historical landscape I spent my formative years in. No place since then has ever quite felt as much like home to me. Even though it has been many years since I last called myself a British citizen, my heart has always yearned to one day return to the place of my birth. It is difficult for me to picture starting a family anywhere else, knowing how impactful and positive of an effect Coventry had on me as a person. It is something I want my own children to be able to experience as part of retaining a piece of my heritage, and by extension, theirs.
As I sit here in the midst of moving, planning a wedding, and mapping out my future, the thought of moving back to Coventry has crossed my mind again. I know how quickly time can fly, and any day now I will be expecting my first child. I don’t want to wait until the last possible minute to start planning for something that I have spent much of my adult life fully intending to do. My wife is already on board with the idea, which is arguably the biggest obstacle to overcome when it comes to a life changing decision like this. The rest should be a breeze by comparison.
I am maintaining a blog to help keep myself focused on my goal during all of this chaos. I understand all too well how I tend to go with the flow, and I know that it will be easy for me to get sidetracked or overwhelmed with so much going on in such a short span of time. For the most part, this has never proven to be a major problem, but in this case I know it will prevent me from being able to return to England before the birth of my first child. All in all, this isn’t the worst case scenario, however, it would be disappointing. This is one of the very few things in life I have my heart set on, and even though it would be just as easy to move at any other time, I really want to be able to say that my son or daughter is a Coventry kid.
This blog will chronicle many of the major milestones I will be crossing over the next few months, as well as lay out my plans for my move back to Coventry. Anyone who has ever felt a calling towards one particular place where they know without a doubt that they belong will be able to relate to what I am going to be sharing with you. It’s a singular drive that keeps you feeling off balance until you are where you want to be. I hope I am able to make my dreams a reality, and inspire you to do the same.