The decision to move to California has been brewing in my mind ever since Stackdriver was acquired by Google and I found out my new team is all based on the west coast. I non-committally started telling people, "Yeah, I think I'll move to SF in January!" It felt far off enough to be safe, yet it wasn't quite close enough to feel real.
Enter: Caitlin and Kerri. Caitlin is going to Stanford for grad school this fall and the two had been planning an East Coast --> West Coast road trip. I knew about the road trip but didn't think it was feasible for me to up and leave by the end of August. But I realized the only real thing holding me back from just up and leaving was myself: my nerves, my fears, my apprehension to exit my comfort zone. I rarely do anything spontaneous. So I thought: why not? Better to rip off the bandaid now before my over-analyzing brain changes its mind.
So it has been decided. I am moving across the country. The toughest part is leaving Boston-- my home-- and everyone I love. My identity is so closely tied to where I grew up and where I've lived the last 6 years, which is why this change is equally as exciting as it is terrifying. Exciting because it's the perfect opportunity to expand that identity, to see what I truly am capable of being and knowing and doing. Terrifying because everything I've ever known and loved exists within this 30 mile radius. Leaving home will force me to grow up in ways I haven't yet. It'll test my patience and my ability to keep those relationships as strong as ever. It'll put some hair on my chest, but hopefully just in the figurative way because otherwise gross.
I love Boston for so so many reasons: its community, its unique changing beauty with each season, its accessibility, its history, its fans, its aggression. But a city is nothing without its people. And my favorite people in the whole world are in and around this tough, small city. It's absolutely not goodbye to Boston, it's see ya later.
In my scramble to pack up and move my life cross-country, I am currently accepting:
- Plans to hang out in Boston before I leave
- Roomate(s) and a place to live in SF
- Recommendations for things to add to my Boston bucket list
- Recommendations for things to do & places to go in SF
- Intros to friends of friends (of friends of friends) who want to be my friend in SF