For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit (me) in Chicago, here’s a quick look at my neighborhood. Technically I live in Lincoln Park; however I find myself venturing through the streets of East Lakeview more often- which is the bordering neighborhood north of mine. Just to give you a point of reference, if you continue going northwest you’ll run into Wrigleyville- home to Wrigley Field.
Anyways, this is my neighborhood. In fact, at 0:19 on the video clip, you’ll see the infamous/crazy-confusing Broadway/Clark/Diversey intersection that is four blocks away from my apartment. And at 2:30, the Red Hen Bread is right across the stress from my building. I love this neighborhood. There’s everything you need and more, including my home-away-from-home, Starbucks. Oh and those animals, yeah the Lincoln Park Zoo is about a 5-10 minute walk away.
Since I’m working from home today awaiting the fixing of my apartment lock/door, I knew that I had to get my ‘bucks kick in early since I was dressed and ready around 7 am. After the shitty day & night I had I’m not really sure how it was possible either. Now one thing you need to know about me is that I love exploring new routes. Since I got my license back in the day, I’ve always enjoyed finding different ways to get to places. Unfortunately there weren’t too many different paths to take home, but I’d mix it up as best I could.
But in Chicago, there is always a new path to take. For that reason, I’ll announce that I love Chicago. This morning, I ended up going to another Starbucks instead of my usual one near the Broadway/Clark/Diversey intersection. To get there I opted to take the more residential streets, ones that I wasn’t so familiar with. I love doing this. Not only does it break up the routine, but you never know what new place you’ll find. The buildings here are so gorgeous. Walking through the streets, I had the feeling like I could live here forever….or for awhile. But things certainly need to change because anyone who knows me (or has at least read this blog) knows that I’m not 100% happy in my current situation.
Still, as I said to my mom the other night, I feel like I cannot give up on Chicago just yet. Sure, I miss my friends and wish I was closer to my family. Those are definitely two things making me want to move back to Columbus, OH. Plus Columbus was the place where I felt most comfortable, maybe too comfortable?
I guess my question is, how do you know where you home truly is? For awhile I would have sworn that I had it all in Columbus, but when this opportunity surfaced I knew in my heart that I had to take the risk and move up here. But now that I’m here, I’m struggling to find that clear sign that this is where I need to stay. Sure I love walking the streets here and the convenience of my neighborhood, but does that outweigh all of the cons. If you’re not happy which where you are, then why not leave? How do you know where you’re- yes, I’m going to say it- meant to be?