But around 5 am I heard a huge noise. My first thought was someone had kicked my door in so I took a moment to freak out. But then I went out to my living room to check out what happened. This is what I found. I just stared. I would pay a million bucks for a video of my face at that moment. Then I started to laugh. Not the reaction I expected, but I have learned that when it truly is impossible to do anything, you might as well grin and bear it.
Nothing caused this. No construction upstairs, no water damage, no earthquake, nothing. It broke the table, the chairs, put multiple holes in the wood floor and covered everything I have in a thick layer of dust. And it just happened without any known explanation. Kind of the way things happen in the world every single day.
I thought to myself, well, the universe definitely has something to teach me. Your life can be going along and then suddenly, in an instant, the sky can fall. I actually felt lucky that this lesson came in the form of a ruined dining room instead of a health scare or death of someone I love. Maybe it could have been a little less dramatic, but hey, sometimes I need to be hit over the head. And thankfully, I wasn't under this when it fell because it probably would have seriously hurt me.
I have been trying to make my time in Buenos Aires work for me. I had grand plans of having a great adventure here, and instead have found myself working hard just to adjust to a new country, job and lifestyle. I feel like the one thing that helped was feeling settled in my house - and waking up to the sunrise, coffee on my deck, reading on my sofa. This is how I do the moving - I make the place I am my home. But maybe there are other ways to feel at peace where you are.
And so, in order to teach me a lesson, the ceiling fell. So what am I learning? Adaptability, patience, flexibility, tolerance...and that we have NO CONTROL.