What I Missed About Living In Syracuse

What I Missed About Living In Syracuse

Here are some main reasons I missed living in this special place I call home.

Living in Syracuse for the last eight years has been a blast, and leaving it for the last eight months, has made coming home that much more exciting. Here are some of the big reasons why I missed being home.

1. The Many Different Choices Of Food

Syracuse is well known for its many different choices of places to eat. A personal favorite of mine is Boom Boom Mex Mex, their taco salads are awesome! From April to October, the line is usually outside the door with people waiting for their homemade Mexican food.

2. Downtown Syracuse

With Armory Square and Marshall Street, there is always something to do in Syracuse! Everything from food, to music is walking distance once you're down there. Exploring the city is half the fun!

3. The Sound Garden

This is the number one stop I make every time I come home. It is the home of all things music. Need a new CD? Stop inside. Want an oldie, but a goodie? Stop inside, and you can raid through the surplus of music and listen to some tunes while you're shopping!

4. Coffee

There are a ton of different places to get a cup of coffee in Syracuse, my personal favorite being Cafe Kubal right outside of Armory Square. Some others include, Recess, Freedom of Espresso and even your local Starbucks! All of these places are great places to hang when all of your friends come home for breaks! I find myself at Recess more often than not!

5. The Music Scene

Alright, this where I might be a little biased, but Syracuse is the place to be if your looking to listen to new music. The Lost Horizon is where I have found the local bands that I can't wait to see make it big. There are so many opportunities to see new musicians in Syracuse, whether it's while your walking downtown and see someone playing on the street or you make it to the show at Funk n' Waffles. Either way, there is always some new or old music to listen to in Syracuse, and there is always a show somewhere.

6. Knowing Where I'm Going

I think anyone who goes back to their hometown loves the ability to get in their car, and not have to turn on the GPS. Knowing where I am going in Syracuse is one better things in life. Whether I am on some back road, I know I'll always make it back to West Genesee Street.

7. You Always Run Into Someone You Know

Sometimes I will be downtown or over on University Hill, and I'll run into someone I went to middle school with and just happened to grow apart from. That's the beauty of Syracuse, it may seem big, but it's a nice surprise to see a familiar face when you least expect it.

8. The Friendships You Build

I can say living in Syracuse has introduced me to some amazing people, who have helped shape me into the person I am today. Anyone who knows me, or has even met me whether it was at a show or walking around Armory Square, knows that the have been a little or big part of my life. I can thank Syracuse for being our common ground.

Syracuse has been a wonderful place to live. When I do come home from school, I relish the moments I have with it. I know I will always have a home in Syracuse.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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