|Winter in Scotland|
|Autumn in Scotland|
|Now I don't need to 'dress up' in thermals to go to work!|
Imagine being in a place where you don’t understand the ‘language’ – even though it is your home language, where everything is done slightly differently, where you struggle to find your way around, where others don’t realise how strange this new world is for you, where you feel incompetent and struggle to make sense of often the most basic routines. How often do we as adults experience this? How do we cope? Do we all cope in the same way? What would make it easier to cope?
These are just some of the thoughts I have as I reflect on my own recent move from Scotland to Australia. As an adult I struggled with relatively simple tasks such as withdrawing money from the cash machine – do I want ‘credit’, ‘savings’, or ‘cheque’? No, I just want cash! The jargon is different; acronyms everybody else seems to understand meant nothing to me. Different rules and regulations apply and these change depending on where you are and who you are with! Can we only cope with a finite number of drastic changes at any one time? I did wonder how many new concepts an adult can absorb in a day – I was certainly struggling ....although maybe that was partly my age!
|David became the big brother when Stuart was born!|
|Caitlin was no longer the baby when Martin was born!|
|Ryan all ready for his first day at big school!|
|Getting ready for the office!!|
|Small steps or giant leaps are much easier with APPROPRIATE support - creating those positive memories.|