I loved living here. I loved the cherry blossoms in spring, going to Eastern Market for the best french toast you've EVER had on a Saturday morning, seeing plays at the Warner with my roomate, and meeting friends through grad school. Did you know that Living With Lindsay was a grad school friend of mine? We met the first day of orientation...she wore a yellow dress, liked Aerosmith, was from Texas AND was an Alpha Chi Omega just like me. We hit it off instantly and have kept in touch ever since! Lindsay was a far better student than I and I'm pretty sure she enjoyed the program a heck of a lot more than me...but I digress - and don't even get me started on her bachelorette party. Ha!
Being back in DC, feeling the energy and the rush makes me miss that time in my life. But like anything, were I ever to come back, I know it would never be the same. You see, I'm old (ahem, older) now and my expectations for life are remarkably different. I enjoy spending time with friends and family...even on weeknights. I enjoy having hobbies like photography and golf, which take up a lot of time and it's still okay to embrace them. I enjoy being more involved in my church, rather than just running in and out on Sunday mornings. I enjoy owning a home (albeit a shoebox). I enjoy being able to buy things at Target and not worry that I'll break the bank. But there was a moment in time when working long hours, then heading to receptions for free food, then going to happy hour, where everyone's first question was "who do you work for" was okay and fun. I'm happy to be here and to remember that moment in time because it's certainly part of my professional history, but it's also become a part of me, too...and I love that.
The things I miss the most:
My super teeny apartment with Laverne and Shirley windows.Local street artists like Dan Kessler.Virginia Gold Cup races.
Meeting up with old friends.
Now that my work conference is over, I'll be staying through the weekend to play and catch up with more friends. I look forward to the rest of my time here, but know that what I've got waiting for me at home is the life that's meant for me. I encourage you all to love the life you're living and not look to greener pastures. If you're in a situation that isn't meant to be, take action and make positive changes in your life, or embrace what you've got! The choice is yours...and mine...and I love what I've got!