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Moving to Dallas: The Next Chapter (Every City is the Same)

You say: “how does it feel to be travelling?
How’s it feel to live your life on a train?
And the aeroplane?”
Well, I ain’t gonna lie to you
Well, every town is all the sam.

— M. Ward

Yes! I am back in Texas and I will be staying here for a bit of time. I am moving into a house in the Bishop Arts District area and could not be more excited.

However, many people have this reaction “so you go tired of Colorado?”

Why is that assumed? Of course I did not get tired of Colorado. Who could?

People seem to think that when you make a choice, it’s a permanent thing. I believe all choices are temporary and I believe you can always change your mind – about anything, once you decide not to care about what others might think.

Who could ever get tired of Colorado when there are places like this to explore?

Who could ever get tired of Colorado when there are places like this to explore?

I ended my trip in Europe early because I wanted to.

I moved back to Texas because I wanted to.

I chose to live in a city I grew up in because I wanted to.

If you’re making choices based on what others think, step back and consider this question: “what do I want?” There is nothing wrong with going after something you want. You will be surprised at the people who support you and the people who question you.

Dallas has opportunity. Before I left, I did not see that, but I was also a completely different person a year and a half ago. Now that I have a business I’m trying to create, I see Dallas as the perfect bed of soil. Denver would have been great, but there was already so much going on in that city, and I was getting into the game late. I’m excited to take what I have learned from Denver and bring it to Dallas.

"And though the road is long. I look up to ... I look around me, and see a sweet life." - M. Ward

“And though the road is long. I look up to … I look around me, and see a sweet life.” – M. Ward

The other obvious reason for my return is my friends and family. Of course I had friends in Colorado, but not my best friends and not my family. You think you can handle long distance relationships until you find out you — can’t. It took me about a year to learn that, and I did not actually learn it until I returned from my Europe travels.

I need people. You need people. We need people.

As an independent introvert, I never thought I would consider that idea. However, it’s true. I need people to sit and sip coffee with, to create with, to talk about anything with and to spend time with.

People give you something to think about when you’re by yourself and you never know how it could shape you.

Plus…

Every city is the same. 

Stockholm was one of my favorite European cities - especially Gamla Stan!

Stockholm was one of my favorite European cities – especially Gamla Stan!

After traveling to Europe and endless cities around the U.S. over the last two years, I believe and understand the phrase, “every city is the same.”

It is your perspective, however, that can create a unique experience for every place you find yourself.

This doesn’t have to be just when you are traveling. You can find a different perspective anywhere you are – even in the job you work, everyday.

You can always meet someone new; you can always take a different way home. Somehow, that adds magic to something you do everyday, like a job or going to school.

The top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris = my favorite view of the city!

The top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris = my favorite view of the city!

I have been a different kind of happy since being back in Dallas. I love that I don’t have to miss my friends and family the way I did in Denver.

I also love how cheap it is here, compared to Denver! I can fill my car up for $20 again – that is a great feeling.

Besides, living in Dallas just means I’ll spend more time on the road and more time traveling to places like Colorado when I find that I need the inspiration of the mountains – but I have never complained about traveling or being on the road. Dallas is a win-win situation for me – for now.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Courtney Morrissey

    I have also often thought that every city is the same. Not that each doesn’t bring something fun and unique to the table, but most of the generalizations about why some places are awesome and others suck just don’t hold true at all! I think it’s funny how sometimes we limit ourselves to familiar places because we can’t imagine how life goes on elsewhere. I did a big thing by leaving the bubble of the Northeast. Growing up, it was implied I had only 3 options: Boston, New York, or DC. People just didn’t know what people in Denver did, and you can forget Texas. But you can find your niche anywhere! In Boston, I probably went to the same 10 places over and over again…I think that’s just human nature. I bet I could find those same 10 places in Albuquerque or Missoula.

    November 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm
    • Reply Tiffiny

      I agree with you here too. I always find the same types of cafes, no matter what city I’m in. I think it’s the people, history, and communities that make places different 🙂

      November 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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