Almost three months in and I feel myself falling in love.. with life, the city, the food…
I know that this post is quite late, but in celebration of making great new friends, a new outlook on life, and graduating, I thought I would share some of my life with long-distance friends, family, and other soon-to-be Chicagoans. Of course this will include many difficulties that came with moving to a big new city as a fresh graduate and also probably a lot of food.
Unlike most other kids my age, I grew up dreaming of living in Montana. But not just Montana. It was a huge beautiful house nestled on the side of a huge hill surrounded with trees and lots of land to ride horses on. After living in Seoul and changing my outlook on people, that disappeared.
I was excited to move to Chicago. Although I’ve been an introvert since birth, I’ve always excelled at meeting new people, going to music festivals alone, and making the most unpredictable decisions despite having lots of anxiety and worrying about everything that could go wrong. I think I’ve fought it off long enough that I know when to save my energy and when to spend it. Mostly, it’s my curiosity about other people’s lives, the differences between everyone, and my yearning to experience other cultures that has allowed me to overcome my shyness and embrace new experiences. If I’m not comfortable around someone or don’t enjoy someone’s company, I will spend a fun vacation doing everything everyone else typically does but by myself, and enjoy the heck out of it. So basically, being alone in Chicago for a few months was not lonely. I’m letting you know ahead of time, because you may wonder who I’m doing many of the activities with.
Cheers to sharing my life with you!