Yesterday I received the geographic placement for my internship, and I am extremely thrilled to say that I am staying in Seattle!
Throughout this grad processes many people have asked me iterations of these three questions:
“Why do you want to stay in Seattle?”
Sure they get that my family is here, and my life is here, still…
“Don’t you want to embrace an opportunity to live in a different city? It isn’t for that long…”
Yes, they know what a crazy year it has been, but…
“Don’t you want an adventure?”
No. I don’t want to live in another city thankyouverymuch.
I want to stay right here.
So to all those who weep for my lost adventure, here is a list of reasons why I really, truly, have absolutely no desire to move to another city for this year’s placement.
- The ludicrous span of time in which I would have to build a life. First of all, who can find housing to rent for eight months? Taking into account those eight months are from September to April, when nothing is for rent. Second, it is hard is to make friends and meet new people while starting a new job and learning about a new city. It takes time! It takes energy! Then once you finally settled in, it is April and it is time to leave.
- I have had just about as much change and instability in the past year as I can handle. I still have to move, but at least I can still live with my lovely roommates. I have to leave my job, but I will have my city around me.
- My cousin is about to have a baby (literally it could happen any minute, due date was yesterday!) and I want to be around for her first year. Just like I want to be there for the fab three’s third years and little farmer’s fourth year. I missed little farmer’s first year and that sucked!
- My people are here. I have support systems here that I am going to need to get through this first year. I am not ashamed to admit I am going to need my mom and dad (mostly for awesome home cooked meals, but still.) The friends I live with and the friends I don’t. I am going to need their support.
- Seattle is more than the city I live in. It is part of me in a way that is indescribable. Seattle calms me down and centers me. It helps me regain my footing and is a friend in a way inanimate objects or places shouldn’t really be but are.
- I will have another chance to live in a random city if I want to. A year from now I might want to go off and live somewhere else for eight months, and I CAN! In fact, the program encourages moving to a different place for the second year.
And there it is. There are a million more reasons I am glad to stay, and just as many reasons why I should go.
Either way, I promised myself no regrets.
Bring. It. On.