Moving brings about a lot of things to consider, life style, cost of living, what you value. Whether it be neighbor hood, city, state, or country, every move pushes you to new perspective.
Facing certain challenges will mold you into who you are to become, others may threaten to break you, and some will lead you in a direction you never thought possible. Location, location, location. We live and die on these words in a strange way, or more so, they live and die on how you and I chose to live within their meaning.
Where you live does not define you, but it most certainly shapes you. How you see the world, what you expect to get out of life, the avenues you pursue.
If you had asked me two weeks ago where Drew and I would be living in a month or two months, I’m not sure how I would have responded. The stress of life was building and the surmounting pressure of living in Los Angeles was putting us on the brink of breaking. However, every time the subject of moving came up we would weigh the pros and cons; community vs. opportunity, stability vs. the excitement of the unknown. It was enough to make our brains pulse and reel.
We would settle on moving back to Michigan, convinced it is what we should do, something always held us back from fully committing to the idea. It sounded great, being back with all of the people we love, not to mention our cost of living would plummet! And yet.
The morning after coming back from Denver Drew and I awoke, started our days, went toHandsome, walked around Elysian, grocery shopped at Trader Joes, every time thinking “We couldn’t do this in Grand Rapids”. That night we had friends over and talked about design, style, art, adventure, and the wonder LA holds, if only you find it, and work (really hard) to hang on to it once you do.
In the week we have been home (please note, I am referring to LA as home… which is crazy, but reality) that idea has been reiterated over and over. The thought that you have to find your version of a city and make it into what it needs to be to nurture your physical, emotional, and social needs.
No matter the city, be where you are. Make it into what you need. Find where you belong and the rest will start to fall into place.
Six months from now we may just be nomads wandering the country in search of a new adventure or place to call home (a-la-Away We Go). For now, we will look for contentment, follow the paths laid out before us and hope for a bright tomorrow.