Today marks our one year anniversary. In some ways, I can't believe it's already been a full 365 days since we packed up the U-Haul and made the journey out here. In others, it seems so long ago because of how I have evolved as a person in the past year.
|Our very first picture in Boston|
You've strengthened my relationship with the bf. (That's right. His name still isn't being disclosed). Sure, the kind of pressure that comes from making this kind of move together and having only each other to rely on has the potential to destroy a relationship. So I feel extremely fortunate to say that it has done the exact opposite. We are 20 times closer to each other than we were a year ago, and I have this move to thank for that.
You've given me a job at a company that I LOVE and feel so fortunate to have found. You've introduced me to a church that I feel connected to, and one where there are people who are open to new people coming in. THANK YOU for both of these things. They can be harder to come by than one might expect.
You've shown me that most people in the Northeast don't fit the "rude" stereotype. I can say that people here are more straightforward, but that doesn't make them rude. It's only a difference in how we were raised and I can't fault them for that just as they shouldn't fault me for how I was raised. I truly believe that we are all really a lot alike at heart. The main difference lies in how we express ourselves. You've taught me that if you have an open mind in situations like this, you will inevitably see the best in people.
As for things I didn't expect... I definitely didn't see this one coming a year ago, but you've given me a greater appreciation for the Midwest. It may be simple and lacking in beauty of the obvious type, but it's beautiful in its own flat land and cornfields kind of way. It's beautiful in that it's home. Boston, you've taught me that while moving away and adventures of this type are exciting and something that I enjoy, I also no longer scoff at the idea of living in the Midwest. It actually makes sense to me as to why people move back. Had I never moved away, I would've NEVER made this realization.
You've taught me that city life is exciting and vibrant, but there's something about the normalcy of life in the 'burbs that is to be sought after. It's not as glamorous, but you've shown me that to me, it's normal, it's comfortable, and it feels like home. On the same note, you've taught me that I can get by with less and that material things don't make me any happier from a long-term standpoint.
So thank you, Boston. Thank you for giving me a greater appreciation for life, the Northeast, and the Midwest. Thank you for everything you've taught me; both the things I expected and those that I did not. Whether this becomes a long term relationship or not, I can say that this was a move worth making and a journey I'll never forget.
In other news, I'm also over at In the Queen City today sharing a fun outfit for a vacay out west!
* After writing and reading this, I think that this letter could and should also be addressed to God, because it is through Him that all of this was possible and through Him that I've learned the things that I have. I would of course have to emit the one year anniversary part and my uncertainty on whether or not we will have a long term relationship ;)