This past March we started the ball rolling on our next milestone as a family – buying a house. Bret had been talking about it for the past couple years, but I just wasn’t “ready” yet. I wasn’t ready to move to the burbs yet. I wasn’t ready to not be able to join someone on a whim in the city in twenty minutes. I wasn’t ready to leave the party early to make the last train (and still probably not). Most of all though, I wasn’t ready to be the only one of my friends living in a house in the burbs of New Jersey.
Am I ready now? As ready as I think I can be with setting down roots. For as long as I’ve lived outside of my parent’s house, I’ve moved around regularly. I moved four times in one year once. A bit much, yes, but change is what I thrived on. As funny as this may sound, but I’m a Gemini, and I am that in every sense of the word. Bored easily, needs change, social, and dabbles in a variety of things, and notorious for spreading ourselves too thin. That’s me, so the idea of staying in one place permanently kinda freaked me out. Does it still freak me out? Maybe a little, but the things I look forward to outweighs that fear now.
I can’t wait to have a place of our own. I’m excited to decorate it, and make it ours. I’m excited for our family to make new friends, and be invested in the community. I’m excited to have a dishwasher, after going so many years without it. I’m looking forward to exploring more of what the east coast has to offer, outside of NYC. So though this future move comes with permanence, it also comes with a lot of change, which will keep me on my toes. I’ve realized that I’m not leaving my friends behind, but that I will just have to plan ahead to see them. I know that I’m not leaving nyc in the dust, because it is only 50 minutes away. Its culture, dining, and one of a kind experiences are still completely doable for the evening or weekends. With our offer on a home being accepted last week, I look to the future knowing that nothing is being left behind. I am simply expanding my range of experiences, and that is totally where I am supposed to be right now.