Florida has been where I’ve wanted to lay my roots since I interned here 10 years ago. Even though I believe that if you work hard, you can get whatever you want, I didn’t think it would work out for me to live in Florida. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that I could do it, but the timing was never right; plus, how could I live so far from my family and my friends permanently?
While I ruminated on this, Mitchell’s family moved to Florida, and so did several of our friends. And around the time I would have been able to make a career move to Florida, I got a job in South Dakota – a competitive one that I’d worked really hard for. Even though I never could get Florida off of my mind (binge watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt certainly didn’t help that), I started trying to accept that we would probably have to settle for visiting Florida a few times a year over living there. Notice the key word here being “try”, because living at the beach and visiting the beach are two completely different things!
But then there was a job opening for me in Florida! At the time, we had only been in South Dakota for 3 months, but knowing how rare these openings are, I applied anyways. Three months later I got the call for an interview, and it’s been a roller coaster ride since then.
I feel like I have whiplash. I am still coming down from the high of getting the job in South Dakota last July yet here I am, 8 months later, across the country again. And living in the state I’ve dreamed of for 10 years. This move has been our easiest one yet and although that may be a direct result of having done it 3 times now, I also believe it’s because there’s a certain sense of peace when you realize you are exactly where you’re supposed to be.
I admit I didn’t try hard enough in South Dakota; after living on the coast in North Carolina, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy the Midwest again despite the beauty that South Dakota offered. While I regret that in hindsight, I find comfort in knowing without a doubt that I’m meant to live on the coast and that after all of this time and effort – I’ve made it. I couldn’t feel more happy or proud.
Florida, it’s good to be home!