The Life Of A Writer: A dream realized [Part 1]
It’s funny how dreams manifest. There’s a thought proceeded by numerous actions (some known and unknown) that eventually allows your dream to come to fruition.
Over ten years ago, I visited a city while working on a demo tape and fell in love. The city didn’t necessarily compare to Chicago where I lived, but it had a flair that I liked. It was a good blend of country and city. A slowed down pace that I was craving.
I said on that day that I would one day live there and I told it to everyone who would listen. So while my announcement a few months ago may have surprised some, others should have known that it was inevitable. I was moving to Georgia.
I’ve been asked that question many times in the last few weeks.
But why any place you live?
You are usually born into your city with no choice as to where you will live. That city molds you and creates different aspects of your personality. You know a New Yorker when you meet one, just like you know southern hospitality when you see it.
Chicago created a lot of unique and awesome aspects of my personality but it was not the only city I wanted to influence me. I want to enjoy life from different vantage points. It will help me to grow as a person and a writer.
I joke with my family often at how living in Chicago created this thought that nothing could be visible from the outside of your car. I carried this with me everywhere, sometimes even having people tell me, “It’s not like that here.”
Or how in Chicago everything is go go go. There’s no leisure strolling in downtown Chicago, and if you see it you know the person is a tourist. Lol. Taking in the sights of the city like Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, or Buckingham Fountain are all a part of our culture. All of these different things are unique to a Chicagoan.
But other cities have their unique qualities as well. And I wanted to experience that in my lifetime.
In upcoming blogs I’ll talk about all of the reasons why this move was important to me and the days leading up to the actual move itself.
Have you ever wanted to move to a new city? What influenced your decision? Please share in the comment section below.