Alrighty. So seldom do I make updates regarding my personal life – much less ones this lengthy - but I’ve already given the news to the folks I know in person, and might as well tell my online crowd to make sure everyone’s caught up. In other words, just endure me for a second.
Here’s the short version: As of September the 18th, I will be moving away to Florida.
Sudden as it probably sounds, this was a decision I had been heavily considering for the last several months - and mostly for reasons I’m not too entirely comfortable expounding on. The hard fact of the matter is, I’m really not sure if I can mentally take living in my current situation anymore. The past few years have seen my domestic life deteriorate at quite an alarming rate, to the point where I actively fear for my own safety and well-being. Dealing with this during school was enough of a distraction as is, and despite repeated efforts from myself and other parties involved, no adequate help or counseling of any kind is being sought after. Point being, I’m really of no mind to continue putting up with it while I begin focusing on my career and getting work out there, lest I lose whatever remains of my sanity.
Some long-distance relations of mine have gratefully offered sanctuary in Jacksonville, hence why I’m preparing to head down there of all places. It isn’t the most convenient of escape plans, as it means uprooting myself from everything and everyone I’ve come to know in the last several years, though at this point, it’s pretty much out of my hands. If it were entirely up to me, I would remain in the Chicago area, but considering I have no connections to fall back on within reasonable distance, it isn’t much of a realistic option. At the very least, Jacksonville is an area I’m already quite familiar with, and near to both family members and close friends who share my work ambitions, so it won’t be too vast of a leap. What will be difficult is the process of transitioning away from the beloved Midwestern way of life I’ve simultaneously come to love and struggled to understand.
So, I suppose this is the proverbial closing of yet another chapter in my life. To everyone I’ve met in the Chicago area, I’ve already made it clear how much I’ve appreciated your company these past four years. While it’s true I probably wasn’t the most social of persons, it cannot be overstated just how much of an opportunity it was to learn alongside such consistently talented, well-spoken, and entertaining individuals within such a small area. I have every intention to remain in touch, both personally and professionally, and will miss you all deeply. To my friends living in and around the Florida vicinity, who knows? I’m always up for meeting and having some real-life adventures if anyone is willing and/or able - though considering my first few months in Jacksonville will most likely be spent getting my feet wet, the possibility remains to be seen. And to everyone else, I suppose business continues as usual - just with me living in a slightly different place for a change. For now, the future looks a bit uncertain, but I’d like to think I’m headed somewhere in the right direction.
I’ll be seein’ y’all on the other side.