I Don't Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life In My Hometown

I Don't Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life In My Hometown

I don't think I'm destined to live my life on the East Coast.

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I've visited the Western half of the country a handful of times in the last few years, and every time I come out here I love it just a little bit more. There's something about the greenery that stretches for miles, cool weather year round, clear air, and bright blue skies that I simply don't get living in Philly.

Don't get me wrong, I will always have a special place in my heart for Delco and Philly, having lived in both, but there is nothing that rivals seeing the peak of Mt. Hood from wherever I am. Having family out here certainly helps too, but I've just come to the realization that when I'm home I feel restless.

I've always loved to travel, and seeing new places is an indescribable experience. Everyone thinks, "Wow I wish I could live here" in sunny Florida or tropical Hawaii or the eastern Caribbean, but I've never felt so at home in a place so far away from home as I do out west.

Fantasizing about moving across the country is a dream I've had for a while, but I never thought I'd actually be this serious about it. I don't have that much stuff to my name, so I'd just pack my car with as much as I could fit and just go. Of course, it isn't that easy, but it sure feels like it could be.

Unfortunately, I have a lot going for me at home. Most of both families live within half an hour drive (aside from the aunts, uncles, and cousins in Oregon and Florida), its familiar, and its where all the people I love are, including some of my closest friends. I've always wanted to be a teacher, and Pennsylvania has relatively good public schools, but I don't want to teach in the city, and suburban teaching jobs are usually few and far between.

Leaving my home, most of my family and my friends would be one of the most difficult things to do, but I wouldn't be going into it entirely alone. I have some wonderful family on the West Coast that would help me get settled and start to figure my life out, considering they've already been huge helps with helping me navigate adulthood so far.

Living on campus at Temple for a year made me realize how much I love the city, but it also reminded me how much I would hate to live there. I don't want to have to deal with cramped row homes and never having parking. I want to raise a family, have a driveway, space between myself and the neighbors, and the ability to have a fenced in backyard, and I see that as a very real possibility for the trajectory of my life out west.

In all seriousness though, who really knows where my life will take me? I just know I don't want it to be in Delco, and if my plans are way off, then so be it. I know that I will learn how to make myself happy and contribute to the world no matter where I end up.

Shit happens, life changes, and I've finally started to embrace that unpredictability.

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30 Things I Would Rather Do Than Watch The Patriots Win Another Super Bowl

Because no one like the Patriots except the Patriots.
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The Patriots are definitely one of those teams that everyone loves to hate (myself included as a Steelers fan). With multiple past cheating scandals, it’s surprising that there isn’t more attention brought to the speculation that the refs are in their pocket. Somehow the rules are always in their favor just when you think they are going to lose. We are all tired of seeing the Patriots win in ways that only seem possible by ritual sacrifices and dirty politics. I don't even need to be a fan of who they're playing — here are 30 things I would rather do than see the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl this year.

1. Get a Brazilian bikini wax

2. Be allergic to the sun

3. Give up chocolate for the rest of my life

4. Get my wisdom teeth pulled… without anesthetic

5. Have to speak in front of a class in my underwear

6. Put my hand in a deep fryer

7. Have a bloody nose every day for the rest of my life

8. Use my first ever email address (saigepoo@aol.com)

9. Never be able to text again

10. Have to walk to class in the rain every day

11. Lose my wallet

12. Wait in line at the DMV

13. Be stuck in high school forever

14. Shave my head

15. Go without power for a week

16. Fall off a cliff

17. Get hit by a car

18. Run an ultramarathon

19. Never pet another dog

20. Walk on legos

21. Go on a juice cleanse

22. Have my car break down on the interstate

23. Bite my tongue over and over

24. Get a sunburn on my butt

25. Have to speak without using E’s

26. Be chased by a clown

27. Get braces... again

28. Never eat at Taco Bell again

29. Drop my phone in the toilet

30. Throw myself down a flight of stairs

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Most Incoming Freshmen Are Only Worried About Making Friends, But I'm Worried About When To Tell My New Friends About My Disability

I shouldn't have to worry about if people are going to accept me for something I can't control.

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Going to college is a big change for anyone and it's a difficult time for a lot of us. It is hard enough being an incoming freshman at a new school, let alone a freshman with a disability.

I never knew how much extra stuff I had to do in order to be able to get the accommodations I need plus all the typical college duties a student has on their plate. I had to fill out an online application to prove my disability, a learning accommodations form, an accommodations form, a Vocational Rehab form, a transportation form, plus the millions of other forms you have to fill out in order to become a student at any college.

It took three hours... It was very overwhelming. And I had to talk to a lot of people about the million forms I filled out without my parents' help.

"Welcome to adulthood," they said.

It happened in the blink of an eye. Besides all the forms, choosing roommates is harder than I thought it was going to be. It's something that most people find nerve-wracking. I have the challenge of not only trying to meet new people in an unfamiliar environment like everyone else but in hopes of being accepted by my peers because of my disability.

At what point do I tell people about my disability? Do I tell them when we are getting to know each other or when we are going to meet up? That's probably the thing I am scared the most about.

I have heard that college students are more accepting of disabilities than most high schoolers, which puts me at ease a little bit.

But people can be really cruel, no matter what age.

I am also realizing as I go through the roommate process that students are not properly informed on disabilities and how to treat others with disabilities. I shouldn't have to worry about if people are going to accept me for something I can't control. Students should be nice and accept people of all different abilities. But it's easier said than done.

Another thing, trying to find a job that will be accommodable to me has been difficult. It seems so easy for a typical college student to get a job, but not me. I have spent the last six months applying for jobs just to hear nothing back from businesses. All I want to do is earn money like everyone else to try and go to college.

That's one of the reasons I applied to Vocational Rehab is to potentially get money monthly in order to suffice a job for now or at least to keep me on my toes for a little bit.

There's that... then there is the typical college student stuff housing, dining, medical forms, transcripts, and student sport passes... It is just a lot for one 18-year-old to handle. The point is, as some of you are going through the same college process, be courteous to your classmates around you.

We are all going through something similar but others may be dealing with a little more or nervous so be kind and understanding.

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