Feeling a little homesick

People say that homesickness usually hits around the three month mark.
I moved to San Diego on July 3rd, so today marks my third month.  It’s official — I am missing my old home.

Although San Diego is an amazing place to live and I’m so grateful that things worked out for me to move here, I wasn’t expecting to experience a wave of homesickness, especially at my age. Of course I miss my family and friends, but I also miss the beauty of Pasadena, CA, the town I spent the majority of my life in.  Regardless of how much you travel and leave home, I guess you’re never too old to miss it.

Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena by Petrea Burchard  http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/  Used with permission.

Colorado St Bridge, Pasadena by Petrea Burchard http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/ Used with permission.

According to Wikipedia, the first mention of homesickness in Western literature was Odysseus who “wept and rolled on the hard ground thinking of home.”   Thankfully, I haven’t resorted to weeping and rolling around on the hard ground yet.  Still, the anxiety is kicking in.  

Here’s a report-out on how I’m doing with the coping methods recommended for homesickness:

  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • I’m managing well with this one.  I still have zero regrets about moving to San Diego, especially since I traded in my horrible one-hour commute to work for a 10 minute drive to the local office.  San Diego has a wonderful small town feel with the perks of a larger city.

  • Maintaining contact with home, through letters (both traditional and electronic)
  • Email, check.  Blog, check.  Traditional letters . . . I’ll put that on my to-do list once I finish with the kitchen.

  • Activity
  • I’m slowly but surely trying to get back on the exercise wagon.  At my best, I was doing a combination of swimming, running and ballet classes.  So far, I’m managing 1 out of 3.  I’m going to have to do better.  Instead of inviting me to the movies, people out here say “We’re doing a 30 mile bike ride tomorrow.  Wanna come?”

  • Communication
  • This sounds kind of redundant with keeping in touch with home.

  • Enjoying what’s different about the novel environment
  • San Diego is a paradise. Enough said.

  • Bringing a “transitional object” (something special from home)
  • This one I’m stumped on.  Can anyone give me some suggestions?

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    4 responses to “Feeling a little homesick

    1. You just inspired me to get back on track with my long-neglected exercise blog. Anyway…Could a blanket or sweater be considered a ‘transitional object”? I’m thinking COZY .

    2. Rosanna, I’m glad you mentioned your exercise blog. I really need to get back to exercising more. Reporting out on your exercise blog helped keep me motivated.

    3. Maybe you need a Pasadena souvenir, like a coffee mug.
      http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/CityHallSouvenirs.aspx
      I have the tote bag.

    4. I think I might buy the Sister Wendy DVD from the Norton Simon Museum and get a few keepsakes from the Huntington Library.

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