Teenage Wasteland Teenage Girl Problems: Episode #1 Mikaela Foster

I’ve moved two times before in my life. The first move was when I was really little. I was 4 when we moved to Nashville, Tenessee from Pasadena, California. The only thing I remember from that time was me eating half a dozen donuts and throwing up all over my 3-month-old baby sister on the drive there. When I think about moving now, it still kind of makes me want to throw up.

The second move was when I was ten, so I remember it better. We were moving to Vancouver, BC from Nashville. I didn’t like that move very much, considering I was leaving friends and a good school. At first I hated Canada. Luckily for me, we moved in the middle of the summer, so I did get to enjoy 2 months of decent weather before mother nature decided to start acting like a depressed teenager. And I did have to switch schools once until I actually made friends.

Slowly, though, I started to like Vancouver. I started to make friends and really liked living here. Thats why when my Mom just told me we were moving to Oregon, I just… I don’t know how to describe how I felt. Like, I felt like a little piece of me died, because I thought of all my friends I had to leave. My friends are really the only thing I’m going to miss, because quite frankly, the TV channels here suck, the weather is crappy and they don’t have Chipotle or California Pizza Kitchen. Awesome stuff, but my friends are more important. So I was sad when I first found out.

After feeling sad, I just felt really pissy. My initial thoughts were: why are my parents doing this to me?? and swear words. Because I really don’t want to move. I think my parents are being really selfish to me, because not only have they already made me do this once and made me leave everything, they’re making me do it again. It’s hard walking into a new school with a single drop of confidence in yourself. It’s hard making new friends in a completely unfamiliar place. It’s also hard when you have to leave all your friends and wonder every day what they’re doing, if they miss you or if they’re forgotten about you.

Now I just feel depressed. Every day I’m reminded of all the things I’m going to miss about Vancouver that I’ve never even thought about in the three years that I’ve lived here, but I’m also reminded by my buggy parents of all the good things I’m going to have in Portland. I still haven’t decided on if I’m going to have my friends TP and paintball my house so the people who come to look at it hate it so we can’t move.

I know I’m supposed to see the positive side in everything, but honestly, the only positive thing I can see in moving to Portland is becoming a hipster.

Featured image via my tea cupp prayers

comments

Please help us maintain positive conversations by refraining from posting spam, advertisements, and links to other websites or blogs. we reserve the right to remove your comment if it does not adhere to these guidelines. thanks! post a comment.

  1. NuVv1H pvgiqnarolzu

    Anonymous | 2/29/2012 11:02 am
  2. GMU3yW tlaatjaeghjq

    Anonymous | 2/25/2012 01:02 am
  3. I would ccotant the ARCR.net and ask if they know of anyone or anyway for you to find out abut anyone. I would also join some of the Yahoo chat groups down here.

    Anonymous | 2/23/2012 09:02 pm
  4. I don’t think you should worry about loosing your current friends. With the technology that’s out there today keeping in touch is really easy, and it helps with deciding who’s worth the efforts.
    When I was in the third grade my parents moved us from Ontario to New Brunswick, leaving behind all sorts of really close friends I’d known my entire life and our extended family. Luckily I’d fit in pretty well out there, but that just made moving back to Ontario in grade seven even harder. For the first couple weeks I just sat alone by the fence on the playground and didn’t talk to anyone (at the time my parents were also getting divorced, so I didn’t really feel like talking to anyone). My teacher kept trying to get some of the kids in my class to hang out with me, but I always turned them down. Next thing I know I’m being dragged across the yard by some girl I didn’t know and met a group of amazing girls, most of whom are still some of my closest friends.
    Hope you make some awesome friends and keep the ones you love! Good luck.

  5. I literally had the same moving experiences as you growing up. We moved when I was 10 to a very large, bustling place very different from the small, rural area I had grown up in. Four years later we moved again, and at first I was really upset about having to leave my friends, too. I like to think of it this way: there is a reason you are moving to Oregon. Maybe you are supposed to meet someone, a new best friend, or maybe you are going to have the most amazing teacher. Maybe there is something you are supposed to experience, that can only happen if you move to Oregon. I’m on my way to starting, what I think, is going to be an awesome career opportunity, and it is only happening because we moved when we did. You have a right to be upset about moving, but don’t let it prevent you from having great experiences once you get to Oregon, or miss out on fun times with your friends before you leave Vancouver. You are going to do great and amazing things, good luck!

  6. You’re totally allowed to hate moving. You’re also totally allowed to be intrigued by Portland (maybe more so after you’ve been there a few months). And you’re allowed to feel both things at the same time.

  7. I have moved sooo many times, so believe me I know how you feel. However, just think – the more you move, the more friends you will make along the way. I have moved countless amounts of times, to different countries as well I always felt so upset when I moved but then, I think I have friends in loads of places :) It may seem hard right now but do think of the postitives, beccause believe me babes, there are some :) PROMISE x

  8. I moved around a lot when I was younger (my dad was in the Army). As I got older I realized I liked moving around. It’s hard at first; you miss your friends and your house but I realized you have to look at each move as an adventure. Moving made me more independent and more willing to try new things. You learn something new each place you go and you meet new and interesting people. Be mad (because you need to be) and then start to think about some of the positive things about the move. And you don’t have to be a hipster to enjoy Portland!

  9. The first time I moved was out of my parents house to an apartment with my sister 2 hours away from my hometown. I discovered that my friend making skills were very rusty and there was a long and rough adjustment period. At any rate, I’m a big believer that you don’t get anything you can’t handle :)

  10. I’ve moved 13 times already. And I am only 20. I love moving because you get to expierence a new place and meet new people. It widens your view on things.

  11. I know how you feel! I moved from Colombia to the US a few years ago, and the forst few months of school were horrible, because I hated talking to people.Moving absolutely sucks!! But I think that maybe not making friends right away, just having ‘acquaintances’ at first is easier…

HelloGiggles Podcast