To the person who feels stuck,

This isn’t going to be a letter full of advice because I’m in the same position as you. I feel stuck. I don’t know what to do. I’m not happy with where I am.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve lived in the same place all my life. Maybe I just need something new. Maybe I just need to pack up and move across the country. But life is never that simple.

I don’t like living in Michigan; I never have, and I wonder if I ever will. I just feel like I don’t belong here. I know I don’t belong here. I know there’s more to life than this, I know there’s more out there for me.

Writing this makes me feel even more stuck because I just can’t put the way I’m feeling into words. As badly as I want to pick up and move, I know it isn’t that easy. Most of my family is here, my life is here, my dream school is here. So why do I feel this way? I don’t by any means live a bad life, but I feel so unfulfilled.

I know I’d be happier outside of Michigan. But my life is here. While I would love to move to California or Texas, the thought of leaving my family and my dream school is almost too much to bear. As badly as I want to just pick up and leave, there’s that small part of me scared to leave everything I’ve ever known.

Maybe this feeling will go away, but it’s just been getting worse and worse. I used to be able to suppress it but lately, I just can’t. I’ve seen what life could be like outside of Michigan. I’ve seen how my life could be.

To everyone who’s feeling stuck, I hope you have the courage to pick up and move, or transfer schools, or make whatever change you want to in your life. I hope you live the life you know you should be living.

I hope someday I have the courage to pick up and leave Michigan, whether that be in two years, or five or ten.