A lot of people don't seem to understand when I say I'm nervous to come home. Here's one of the reasons:
Do you know that feeling of dread you get in the pit of your stomach when you think about encountering your ex-lover, ex-boyfriend, ex-boss, or ex-best friend? You know that feeling that engulfs you when you are literally faced with something or someone you dread?
Okay, well, in the city the size of Toronto, running into one of these people/problems is still a possibility, but a greatly diffused one. While there is always the constant chance that it might happen, you can generally speaking breathe a sigh of relief that it's highly unlikely, and even if you manage to spot someone on the TTC, you can pretend that you didn't see them.
Toronto's also about 4.5 million people, including the GTA. Cold Lake, including the surrounding area is roughly 12, 000 people. Therefore, if my mathematical corrections are correct, in Cold Lake it is 375 times more likely that you will run into someone or a situation that you'd rather avoid.
Now, if we want to throw more numbers into the mix, multiple the number of people I know in Toronto by roughly 19 (because I lived in Cold Lake for a considerably longer period of time), which ups the variable of how many people and situations I possibly want to avoid. Also, keep in mind that right now I'm approximately 3100 km away from everything I want to possibly want to forget.
Add it all up, and I've got avoidance issues.