I’ve been living out here for a year and 5 weeks. I left New York for a few reasons:
1. the weather- I lived in Boston for three years and it ruined winter for me, so I haven’t been happy on the East Coast since. Also, my eventual plan is to move to Israel, so I figure I should practice living in the desert.
2. some bad relationships I wanted to put distance between
3. living in one place for more than two years in a row makes me restless- wanderlust
4. I had a few choices for grad school, but ASU gave me the most funding
At first, I spent most of my time complaining and missing the city:
“I'm from New York, I'm genetically engineered to dislike everywhere. Except Manhattan.” (McDreamy)
"One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes-I can't even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life." (Frank O'Hara)
"The true New Yorker secretly believes that anyone living anywhere else must somehow, in a sense, be kidding." (John Updike)
But after a few months, I realized that living in a place with palm trees and doing something I love instead of toiling in a grey cubicle was making me happy. Very happy. And have a hapy little life here.
So, now that I’m happy to be here, my home should reflect that happiness.
(But I still miss New York).