I have had the privilege of living in several states. I was born and raised mostly in Western Kentucky but I lived for a brief time as a small child in Michigan at 3 and then Florida when I was 4 and 5. But I started school in KY and stayed there throughout high school. I even went to college near my home for 3 years.
THEN I moved to Texas and my adventure began. I met my husband, got married a year later and moved back to central KY a year after that. We lived in that area for about 5 years. Then we moved to Michigan for hubby’s job for 4 years and then back to western KY for 2. On to SE Missouri for a brief time then back to western KY once again. This time we were there for 10 years. We lived in my home town during the last stint, but it never really felt like “home” to me again. My family is still there and I have friends I stay in touch with, but it will never be the same.
I’m Happy to say we are back in Texas where it all began. I love it here. I love the heat, the attitude, the family nearby and it feels more like home to me than MY home ever has. During my adventures all over the country I have had the privilege of meeting many, many people. Some (most) have been great but some have been mean, self-centered, unfriendly and judgmental. I do not do well with that most of the time. I cannot be accused of wearing my feelings on my sleeve or a chip on my shoulder just daring someone to knock it off. But I can say after living in so many places I have learned to adapt my thinking to where I live.
It is the most comfortable here in Texas and probably the closest to my personality. But other places have been miserable because I was never able to connect or plug in to the area. I take responsibility to some degree of that not happening. However, sometimes it was where we were and never having the feeling of being welcome 😦
I guess what I need most of all are people. I am a social being who needs the energy of people surrounding me. It is one thing that feeds my soul. I love young people and mentoring newlyweds. Kids are a lot of fun too! Being around young people makes me feel young as well. Hence of the main reasons for returning to school. Learning also makes my brain work and grown. And they say if you are not growing…you are dying.