This past weekend, my family (mom, dad, sisters, grandparents) drove down from Massachusetts to come see me in Columbia. Boy did I miss them. It’s nice to be able to see them, laugh, enjoy dinners (gratis for me), and spend time together since I haven’t seen them since January 12th. My boyfriend came down from Boone, NC as well, since they all just love each other so much. But being surrounded by the people who are most important to me from two different chapters of my life made me realize some things.
As much as I complained and ranted about how much I hated my home town all throughout high school, I think it’s nice to be able to go back if I want to and know that nothing will change. Janine’s Frostee will still be open (during its open season at least), Cumbies will still be the place you can run into everyone and anyone, and the Quabbin will still be beautiful. My family reminds me of that, whether they know it or not. My family, much like my surroundings while I was growing up, greatly contributed to who I am today.
Now that I have left home, and started a new chapter, I have had some of the most amazing experiences. I’ve met so many phenomenal people and learned quite a few valuable life lessons in the few months I have been living in Columbia. These experiences and people are only adding to who I am, and I could not be more thankful.
I feel like most people go through these kinds of situations in their life. They get so hyped about leaving town and how much they cant wait to move and start over. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my biggest mistake was rushing my way out of town. I think it may be because “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and now I have learned to love where I’m from. And right now you may think you want to go and never look back, but you will want to go home.
And the best part is, is that even through all your complaining about where you’re from, it will still be there waiting for you whenever you decide to come back, with open arms, and a smile of familiarity. And you will love every second of it.