“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth
After a little over a year living in Austin, I am calling it quits. Tomorrow, my boyfriend and I will be getting in the car, driving around the country for two months, landing in Asheville, NC, where we plan to live.
We made the decision to leave Austin at the end of July. A few days later, over brunch, I said something along the lines of, "too bad we couldn't make this move into a big old road trip around the country". His response? "Couldn't we?"- he's a keeper.
Realizing Austin wasn't the right city for me and subsequently deciding to leave were difficult. On paper, Austin sounded like a great fit, and I moved down here with the expectation that I was going to live the amazing life I was meant to live. Don't get me wrong, I've met some fantastic people, and I've had a lot of fun, I've just never felt like here was home.
I've dealt with challenging life events in my life, but I don't think I've ever struggled like this before, and for a while, leaving kind of felt like I was giving up. Now that I've had time to process, I see leaving less as giving up, and more as moving on. It may not have been what I expected, but I think I got what I was meant to get out of being here.
So, tomorrow, we hit the road for two months of controlled chaos. I'm a little terrified, but a lot excited to see what happens!