What does the place you live say about you? Or does it matter even at all, but is it more about what you make of the place that you live?
I live in the hot hot state of Texas and in the sweltering Humidity of good ol’ Houston. Its hot. Its humid. You don’t want to be outside unless its in the 70s. There is so much traffic everywhere you go that you have to be careful where you go throughout the week. Then on the weekends you gotta watch out because there is always a game, conference, or event. Or someone just got into an accident. Which happens more often then not when I want to go downtown.
So really- why would anyone want to live here?
I sure didn’t when I first moved here. I started living in Houston in the summertime, and this Colorado gal thought she was going to pass out because she couldn’t breathe when she was outside. I specifically remember going to Main Event with a group of people when I first moved here and it was at night. I remember walking in and being like, oh my word, I seriously can’t breathe!!! They just laughed, and told me I’d get used to it. Eventually I have. And this summer when I took a trip to California I stepped out of the airport and prepared to take a deep breath (because apparently that’s what I do here in Houston so I can adjust to the air) and… it was crystal clear! I could breathe!! *cue angels singing*
But then, cue the traffic, and the dirtiness of the city we were in, and yuk. No fun.
So. Why am I talking about all of this?
Because really, everywhere we live we are going to find things we don’t like about it. It may be fine at first, but then we will start critiquing it. So its not about location, but its what we make of the place we live in that makes it your home.
Since living in Houston I have met so many people, made friends, lost friends, met my husband, fell in love, gained a second family, bought a home, started a career, and so much more. I love this place because of those memories that are here, the comfort of it, and the people I know. That is how you make a place you aren’t sure about a place that you love and can’t imagine leaving.
So even though I complain about the Houston heat and long for days where I’ll be able to bundle up in a sweater, scarf, and cute new boots. I am happy where I am because for now this is my home. I don’t know what the future holds, or where I will be 5, 10, 20 years from now. But I do know that it is possible to move to a place where you know no one but your family, and gain memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Because that’s what I did. And now I can’t imagine leaving.
Where do you live? What makes the place you are in “home?”