Why I live where I live

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, because I've been thinking of moving. I've toyed with the idea of moving to Georgia, where my brother is. I've looked at other jobs, closer to here but still far enough away to feel like I'm starting fresh. Even applied for a couple. I've really felt like that, even with everything that here has to offer me, it doesn't really offer me anything.

Anyway, I have been wondering why I live here. I mean, here is a nice enough place, decent schools (which is nice since I work in one), my church is near, I know people. My family is here. Yes, I grew up here, so there's the sense of familiarity and feeling like I am a part of this place, to some extent.

You know, it started because I just didn't have the funds to move out on my own right after college. My hometown likes to see "its own" come back to live and work here, and makes no bones about liking to hire us. So, it seemed natural. I promised myself I'd give my hometown 5 years--this is year 8. I promised myself I'd give my library 5 years--this is year 5. Thing is, I already know I'll be back for year 6 (well, 9).

It is nice being here. It's comfortable, safe. I know who I am here, and people know me. But I do want more. I want to know I can make it away from here, find happiness that meets everything I need. But I won't leave the safe place. Even if I think happiness is "out there" somewhere.

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2 Response to "Why I live where I live"

  1. ChefDruck says:
    Mar 17, 2008, 10:05:00 PM

    Change is so scary, yet staying feels too safe. At the end of the day, what's important is being happy inside and that has little to do with geography. You do well to focus on that!

  2. more cows than people says:
    Mar 18, 2008, 5:48:00 PM

    i'm glad you stumbled upon me.

    as someone preparing to move i read this post thoughtfully. of course i'm not in my hometown, but... it has been home for six years, and soon it will no longer be.

    thanks for the comment.

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