I lived in the Washington D.C. metro area from 2004 until 2016; twelve years that spanned my late twenties until early forties. Believe it or not, I think this is the first time I have ever stated the length of time in D.C. correctly. I don’t know when the lines of time became a blur, but here I am. I surmise it’s because twelve years seems so miniscule when I think about how much my life has changed. Like sands in the hourglass… just kidding!
Truth to be told… I miss it.
I miss being able to kayak the Potomac on a whim. I miss hiking the Billy Goat Trail. I miss the vineyards. I miss being able to shop at ethnic grocery stores to create whatever food dish I want. I miss the restaurants, the nightlife, the day life, the school systems, my kid’s friends, the culture, the growth, the potential, and the acceptance. I miss my friends!
I miss my success.
With all that said, I am the one who made the decision to move back home. Because more than all those D.C. attributes, I missed myself.
I missed what this place gave to me, it seemed forever ago, and I needed it back.
After moving back home, a friend recommended a book to help with my transition. The book has become a bible to me. Its title is, This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are, written by Melanie Warnick. This is an extraordinary book about connections to where we live, and the impact it has on our emotional and physical well-being. This book was my catalyst to the Walk Youngstown Campaign. And I had the honor of meeting her when she came to Youngstown for a book reading.
Not only did moving back home help return the part of me that went missing, but I learned how to truly appreciate, love, respect, and support my home more than I ever did in my youth.
I’m very much a product of the many places I’ve lived. And it’s possible for more than one place to feel like home. So yes, thankfully, D.C. is only four hours away for when that part of me needs to be energized again too.