The funny thing about being a college kid or a recent grad is that nothing in your life is stable. For the past 4 years I’ve essentially packed up and moved every 4 months. In addition to the consisting moving back and forth between Connecticut and California (between school and home), I’ve spent each summer in a different city, and even spent one semester abroad. This consistent moving around makes it really hard to get into a stable routine. I know in many ways I’m lucky. The last thing I’ve suffered from these past few years is boredom. Constantly moving around and having to adjust to a new place, a new schedule, and a new way of living gets a bit cumbersome after a while though. As odd as it might sound, I’m really looking forward to settling down bit, to getting my own place (preferably relatively close to where I work), and to becoming familiar with the surrounding area. I want to become a regular at a coffee shop, join a running club to join, and hopefully (in a perfect world) volunteer at an organic farm or local garden. While I know these opportunities exist, I have never been in the same place for a long enough time to really get involved in them, or didn’t have access to the transportation I need to get there.
One of the reasons I was so excited to come back to California after grad is because I saw this as my opportunity to finally settle down in the place I loved most and to get into that routine I’ve been missing. Some people live off of adventure and enjoy constant change, I thought I was one of those people for a while, but I’ve discovered I really am more of a routine person. Granted, constantly being in a new place keeps things interesting, but I want to feel like I’m part of a community again, not just a visitor. I’m also really ready to be my own person; to stop relying on my parents for financial support, to have my own car and with it the ability to go where I want when I want, and to live the lifestyle of my choosing. Although I like to think of myself as a fairly independent person already and have definitely learned how to take advantage of the resources I have, in my mind these are just the final steps.
The exciting news is that I was just offered an internship with a PR agency in San Francisco called Allison and Partners. Wooohooo!!! I start Monday, which means that I’ll finally get to take those first steps toward creating a life of my own!! Granted, it will take a while for me to save up enough to buy my own place in the city or even to rent an apartment for that matter (housing in SF is incredibly pricy), but at least I’ll be moving in the right direction. I also plan to spend as much time as possible exploring the city. I’ll be working pretty long hours, so most of the fun I have will probably take place during the weekend. Who’s complaining though? That’s the way life works and I’m super excited for everything I’ll be learning at my new job.
So for now, I say bring it on!! Bring on another summer of exploring a new city and of unforeseen opportunities! I expect these next 3 months to be exhausting, but hopefully tons of fun. I’ll pick up yet another temporary routine, but maybe this time it will be one that can stick. Clearly it’s going to take a while for my life to be stable, so until then I’m going to keep looking forward and keep riding this wave until it sets me down, hopefully somewhere I want to be.