A lot of people spend their entire lives living in the same city where they grew up. In some cases, living in the same community only a few doors away from family and friends. I did the same.
A lot of people go off to college and then settle elsewhere not returning to their hometown but deciding to strike with their new found independence. I went away to college as well but that away was less than 12 miles from my home.
As I looked at what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be for this chapter of my life, I realized that there was time for yet another great adventure – leaving home and living somewhere else. After giving a lot of thought to where, we decided to make the move to a Florida. Let the adventure begin!
Of course, such decisions are fraught with some heaviness and even a little guilt over leaving family and friends. But help them understand why you are leaving and they will support your decision. Most important, don’t make the move to run away from something because you will only take it with you. Rather, run towards something – a new beginning. Think of the possibilities that await you.
The people you love, the friends and family you have known all of your life, those who have fed your soul, lifted you up, supported you and helped to make you who you are will always be there and will remain a part of your life – like that air you breathe. You will be there for them as you always have been even if it is at a distance. Sure some of the spontaneity of last minute gatherings will be lost but the relationships will continue to grow and be a part of you forever. It isn’t about being easy. It is about making the effort and being present no matter what form it takes.
So hold on to your past, hold tighter to the present and jump into the future with both feet on the ground dancing in the rain.