Everyone tells you that time flies and I am finally starting to believe them. When I was in high school I dreamed of college, when I was in college I dreamed of being in the real world, and now that I am here. The real world is bitter sweet. I love how far I have come in my life but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to leave parts of my life behind.
When I graduated college I was so comfortable. I was living with my boyfriend and our cute puppies and everything was perfect. I was ready to settle right in and live the American dream. The only thing missing was my dream job. I had to decide if I wanted to up root my life to pursue my dreams or stay home where my family, friends, boyfriend, and puppies all were.
I lived in the same town for 20 years. I have had the same girl friends since I was 6 years old. I have been in a relationship with my wonderful boyfriend for 7 years. It wasn’t an easy decision but one morning I woke up and knew. I had to do it.
It was a quick decision and within three weeks I picked up my life and was living across the country. I was scared and cried a lot but eventually I realized that this is where I need to be. My parents always warned me that one day Westford (the small town I grew up in) wouldn’t be home. They said my friends would move away for a job, a husband, or even for the adventure. My family home would be sold. There wouldn’t be much to come “home” to.
While my home is no longer in Westford that is still the place I long for when I am feeling lonely or need a friend.
Today is an exciting day for one of my very best friends Rachel. We like to call her Ray. Ray has accepted an amazing job at Duke University and will start the journey down tomorrow. I am beyond proud of her and cannot wait to see all that she accomplishes. She is an amazing and hard working nurse who will do great things!
I never thought I would see the day where all of my friends were spread across the country. It is slowly happening and I don’t hate it. We are all chasing our dreams. That doesn’t mean we have to give up our friendships, it just means that I am now lucky enough to be able to stay for free in NC.
When I was younger I was terrified this would happen, when I moved away I was terrified of what it would mean, and now I am filled with happiness. I am so happy because we are all on the way to becoming who we dreamed of being and I have to say I don’t think we could have done it without each other. I may not see or even talk to some of my best friends for months but I know when I do final call it will be like no time has gone by at all.
I left my comfort zone and I am ok. Ray will be ok. If any of you ever want to step out of your comfort zone just know, you will be ok.
By Paige Sullivan