DailyBlog: Do I Like My City?

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: Do you like the city or town you live in?  Why or why not?

Yes, I like Seattle. I used to have “the grass is greener” syndrome and regardless of where I was, I always wanted to be somewhere else. I’m stubborn so it took me a while to really get over that and to realize that the things that I was unhappy with were not related to my location, but more to my situation.

That isn’t to say that moving isn’t the right choice for the right reasons. Seattle is “home” to me, but I didn’t actually grow up here. I moved here the first time when I was fifteen, and even though I’ve left twice, I’ve always ended up back here so at this point I’ve just accepted that I’ll grow old here. I grew up in Minnesota but I HATE the cold and I would barely step foot outside all winter long, so I have zero regrets about moving away from a place with freezing winters. I can deal with Seattle’s more mild weather. I also like and appreciate that Seattle is a melting pot; people can just be who they are. That isn’t to say that there aren’t still HUGE issues and flaws (racism), but I have trans friends etc that feel more or less safe and accepted here when compared to other places they have lived.

I will admit that leaving Tennessee in 2015 was a blessing in disguise in many ways. I REALLY would not have wanted to be in a red state when 2016 hit and the election happened; I can’t even stomach the thought of being in a red state during Trump’s reign of a shit show. Although sometimes I think about places I’ve visited that I’d theoretically like to live, I doubt I’ll move out of this area again during my lifetime. Never say never… but for now I’m quite content where I am.

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