From Ny to Ca
For my first 35 years of life I lived within 35 miles of the place I was born. For 34 years I lived in Suffolk County and for 24 years I lived in the same home. I never planned to stay so close to home. As a child/teen I dreamed of coming to California - I thought I was misplaced in NY and wanted to call San Francisco or Berkeley home.
In my mid-30's, after 9 years in the same job (a dream job I hadn't expected to get when I was so young) I was desperate for a change and when I was offered a different dream job in Oakland, I jumped on it.
Now, as I approach the end of my 1st year in the Bay Area, I know I found my true home. The job is amazing and challenging and spiritually I feel a resonance I've never known in any city.
That's not to say there aren't days when I long for the familiar... when I miss my friends and the daily routine of life... when I wish I knew the backroads like the back of my hand... but even in the worst of the homesickness, I know this was the right move, at the right time, to the right place and for all the right reasons.