As many of you know, I went for a job interview in Brighton on the 15th January and was offered the job! I am super excited as it seems like such a vibrant city and I think I'll really enjoy it and have always loved living by the sea.
I was asked if I could start ASAP but due to my current teaching commitments and time needed to find accommodation, get settled etc. I postponed starting the post until after Easter.This was definitely the right decision as there was no way I would be there and ready to start by now (Feb half-term), but the delayed start has unfortunately also given me extra time to worry :(
I think that it's very much like 'first day at school' nerves when you're a child. I know that I'll really enjoy teaching and living in Brighton but the initial anxiety just makes me nervous. I'll be fine when I get stuck into it but I've definitely got butterflies in my tummy.
I remember back to when I was 18 and about to go away to uni for the first time (oh so long ago! )
I was incredibly nervous about going and when my dad said to me that I'd be okay, I just burst into tears, I just found it all really overwhelming. It seems so silly as I've always been fairly outgoing and sociable and loved uni so much, but I know how apprehensive I was initially.
I suppose it's a fear of the unknown really. Through the delight of Facebook, I've been really fortunate to get in touch with some people that I know live in Brighton, some of whom I haven't seen for years and years and I'm sure wouldn't consider me a 'close' friend. They've been extremely kind about welcoming me to Brighton and helping me look for places to live so a massive thanks to all you Brightonians (is that the right term??) for aiding me in a time of need!
Should also give a shout-out to London-dwelling friends who've pointed out that Brighton is a fairly short train ride away and who are already making plans to come and see me in the summer. It definitely reduces my anxiety to know that I'll see a few friendly faces when I'm there :)
A massive thanks to you all.
Wish me luck!