It’s Christmas Eve and I’m in Albania.
There’s a nice tree put up by the city.
Shops have little Christmas displays and the Greek Orthodox Church hung lights. But the bakeries steal the show, with statues of Santa holding out samples and decorations in all the windows.
I’ve been procrastinating on an important decision.
Should I stay in Albania another month or should I head north to Kyiv, Ukraine?
There’s a program teaching English in Ukraine and it would be nice to stay busy through the winter months. I’ve made some genuine friends in Albania but I’ve largely been focused on writing—that’s another way to say anti-social.
Teaching English would mean more social engagement, and teaching is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
There’s just one problem.
I’ve become far too comfortable living in Saranda. I’ve got a routine here that involves waking up early, writing, taking a walk by the sea, and napping in the late afternoon.
My daily needs have never been so minimal. Breakfast and coffee are provided by the guesthouse where I’m staying. Cheap meals are a five minute walk. It’s the kind of life every writer dreams of living.
I’m more productive than I’ve ever been.
It’s the downtime. I don’t feel pressed to fit blogging or working on my new book into a tight schedule so the process feels relaxed. I’m enjoying it immensely.
And let’s talk about weather.
Kyiv is going to be cold in January.
Albania can get pretty chilly but even in December the afternoons are often warm and sunny enough to sit outside on the terrace and drink coffee.
Have I mentioned I really don’t like cold weather?
Anyone who’s ever traveled with me knows I tend to make last minute decisions. When there’s no more time left to think I trust my instinct. Most of the time it works out great (and even when it doesn’t I learn from the mistake and get back on course).
I’m sure I’ll do the same again.
Either way, I’ll post an update from wherever I end up in January.
Have you ever felt stuck making a big decision? Leave a comment and tell me how you made your decision and how things worked out.