The town you grow up in makes a big impact on your life. Big cities represent a fast paced life, and small towns usually contain more easy going people. Growing up in two cities has been both a blessing and a curse.
Having grown up in a town just north of Atlanta, I have the best memories. Riding bikes in the neighborhood with my friends, going to dance classes, sleeping in the cabin in my backyard, and going on annual camping trips with our neighbors are just a few of the memories I'll keep forever. When I found out we were moving to Tucson, I was devastated. But little did I know that moving to Arizona would be so beneficial for my family and I.
The weirdest part about living across the country from where I was born is that every time I go back, it's like a whole different world. The atmosphere is different, the people are different, and something always changes; wether it be a new store or restaurant that's been built or new roads being built, it's never the same when I go back. The only thing that remains the same is the friendships. At one point, it had been 5 years since I'd visited Georgia and when I hung out with my childhood friends, nothing had changed. We were still so happy to see each other and there was never a dull moment.
Growing up in two cities and having two different sets of friends is kind of rewarding. It's like living a double life. Going back to see family is always a blast and it makes me appreciate them so much more.