Tuesday, April 24, 2012

don't worry




The other day I ran into the mother of the kids I used to babysit on the street in Paddington. She was wheeling her brand new baby around and I cooed for a bit over his mop of curly hair and easy, toothy grin. She asked me what I was doing next year and I mumbled something vague about wanting to move to Paris and she grabbed me by the shoulders and said "do it, don't even think about it, don't even worry, just do it. You'll never regret it but you will always regret it if you don't go." She was so serious and so earnest that it was quite shocking. But after the initial surprise wore off I couldn't stop thinking about what she said. Don't even worry, just do it. I'm a little way off to committing myself to anything at the moment - I barely know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow let alone next year. But it got me thinking. And then I watched some french movies, and then I ate a macaron, and then I went on freunde von freunden and I saw this house, and yes I'm not silly and I know life in Paris won't actually be like this - all breton stripes and messy hair and une fille comme les autres - but at the same time I am silly and I know in my heart that life in Paris would be totally, utterly, completely, unashamedly, forever-and-always kind of perfect and that if I lived there I would have great hair and fantastic skin and the best wardrobe and I wouldn't have to worry about a single thing, not ever, not at all.

X

16 comments:

Camille said...

I agree with her, if you don't do it, you'll always regret it. When I moved to Montreal (I know, not such a big move, and not to another country, but still away from home and on my own), I couldn't shake off that early Leonard Cohen romantic view of snowy streets and windowsills. And when things were going badly, I'd hang on to that romantic view, and everything would go better, put my life under a different perspective. So do it; a romantic image isn't always such a bad thing. x

rachel kara said...

And I would come and stay with you and do a special French edition for chew.

Liesl said...

Hannah, check out these blogs: Making Magique & Frazzy - young gals such as yourself living the Parisian life :)
If you haven't already, make contact and you never know...
Happy planning - & yes, Faites-le! et Bonne chance! :)

Ally said...

You should absolutely take her advice! The six months I spent in Paris were some of the most wonderful, frustrating, romantic, eye-opening, inspiring and challenging of my life. I would never ever take it back, and while I can't see myself living there permanently it was incredible to have the chance to call the city my home. Do it!

jane said...

oh do it! i am thinking of spending a few months living in paris after i leave london before i go back to sydney.

we could be neighbours! hehe x

dreamlandcircus.blogspot.com

The Velvet Scientist said...

I think that you and I both share the same sentiment of Paris. I'll move there with you - and maybe we can convince Abby to come along as well!

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Emmi said...

Do it :)

Emmy said...

Do it!!!

Lies said...

Beautifully put. And I don't even think the girl in the video's life is all Une fille comme les autres, such a great video by the way, but still: do it! I've only been reading your blog for quite a short while but you express such a love for Paris, such a profound liking to this city and it inspires me. I'd love to be bold one day and just pack and move (have to graduate university first obviously) Do it! Don't hesitate, even though this all sounds a bit cheesy!

ALCOHOLS said...

I still think dreaming isnt enough. I just moved to a different country and i think the greatest issue is finances. See, my best friend was trying to live her dream here but has to move back home in few months...it all failed. Living far away from home country just made me realise how hard it actually. Sorry to spoil your dreams - but i actually think this might be helpful - just plan in advance and think realistically... Oh god I used to daydream more. Im so boring now. xx

Madeleine said...

Oh man, now you got me looking (for 3+ hours) through interviews and videos on Freunde von Freunden and all over again I have this craving to go live in Berlin! Do it, we only live once.
x

discotheque confusion said...

DO IT. She's right, she was there pushing her latest baby and presumably viewing you as a portal back to free and uncomplicated years when we do not yet have real responsibilities and must do all the fun shit while we can without looking back. Do it!

Lillie said...

oh, it's true. if you can finance it, then do it. it would be amazing! in a couple of years my husband wants to do a phd in england or france, and i am so excited (and scared) about just going and doing it :)

Little Girl Lost said...

Do it! i'm living in the Netherlands at the moment studying and I have not regretted it ever, not even for a second.
And what's more, my trip to Paris was the most magical, exciting, beautiful experience.
If you need any inspiration to kick you into gear I created my blog as a visual journal of my time living in Europe >
http://meidjeverloren.blogspot.com/

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

DO it my darling! Then we can read your "girl in paris" take on life

hannah-rose said...

Guys - THANK YOU SO MUCH. You have really given great advice and much-needed just-bloody-well-do-it thoughts.. I think I might be committing to something quite major for the first time since I started my uni course!! I'm not great with commitment so this is a real step! wowowowow


xxxxx