Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, I thought I'd write about something a little different than the normal Ohio Transplant broadcasting. I've been in Ohio for 6 days and well, let's just say...it's been needed.
Often times I find myself shuffling through life in San Francisco happy but semi-agitated by crowded muni busses, trash on my walk to work, and paying 5 dollars for an iced coffee (le sigh). Sure, I go and explore (trips to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Sonoma) and savor it, of course. I cross the Golden Gate Bridge to go home, marvel at its beauty for 10 minutes, and soak up the amazing city that is San Francisco. But after those 10 minutes? Well, usually it's a memory compartmentalized until the next time I escape.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love San Francisco. Y'all should know since I post what I call "SF city porn" almost every other day on the blog and on Instagram. I love the people I've met and the experiences I've had since being here. But most importantly, I love how much I've grown since coming to this city four years ago after college.
It's only natural to grow and change over time. I think most people feel this way. It's hard not to. I feel like i'm continuously growing, learning, and changing. San Francisco has given me a thick skin (still workin' on it) and an arsenal of experiences that have helped me deal with things to come.
So, I'll be making my point quickly – promise. Don't forget where you came from and don't ever forget who you are at the root of yourself.
I recently got my hair cut and told the stylist where I lived, what I did for a living, and some of my experiences in San Francisco. She was amazed and mentioned how jealous she was. She even asked why I was back in my "boring" hometown! I sat for a little thinking about how it's just about perspective.
One can find adventure anywhere – they just need to look for it. And I mentioned, my life isn't a fairy tale. It's real. And raw. And sometimes, well...bad shit happens. As it does for everyone. It's so, so important to remember this.
Our judgement is clouded these days by social media. That's not a new discovery. I love social media and truly believe in its power. It's one of the best storytelling platforms I've ever used and the best way to share and connect with people in the world. I work in that space so I totally get it. But, we have to remind ourselves that just because someone's Instagram is off the hook (do people still say that?) that maybe they're going through their own shit.
The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don't have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it." – Chris Pine
Thanks for hearing my ramblings, as always. I'd love to hear from you guys how you maintain perspective whether that's in rural Ohio, Austin or my very own San Francisco.