When I first moved to Colorado I hated it. Even though I lived at a ski resort, I didn’t have a car and lived where I worked. I told other people that I felt like I was living in a beautiful snow-globe. It was everything I had ever wanted.. but the view never changed.
I skied 80+ days, which was awesome, but at the same place. I had moved to Colorado and saw the same small piece of it every single day. It wasn’t until recently when I started to enjoy where I live. Up until now I missed the ADKs because in my mind they were better. There I knew the mountains and lakes, I could breathe better and had a sense of belonging. Here I didn’t.
I’ve lived in Colorado for 9 months and now I finally love it. What made me change?
I started living. I made an effort to immerse myself in new and unfamiliar places. I reached out to new people seeking friendship to build a community. I started creating my own life here.
Once you graduate college it can be really scary moving somewhere new where you don't know anybody. Nothing is familiar and that sense of belong and comfort is gone. Some people move to a new place and immediately love it and everything is rainbows and butterflies, but for me it wasn't like that.
I love the Adirondacks (NY) with all my heart. I know every peak, river and lake like the back of my hand. I fell in love there, made beautiful friendships and also had my heart broken. I have a strong emotional attachment to my home.
As much as I loved the ADKs, I knew it was my time to move on. Go out pursue a career and explore new mountains. Colorado was a place I had dreamed about my whole life, but had never been.
Even when I moved out to Colorado after I found my dream job, I still had never visited there before. I don't think I would've changed my mind even if I did, but there was something about moving to a place you had never been before. I honestly don't advise it.
What scared me was that no matter what this place looked like, no matter how massive and beautiful the mountains were, this is now my home. I kept telling myself that everything would be perfect... once I moved to Colorado.
I never traveled anywhere really my entire life. I went to Disney World and traveled parts of the east coast, but nothing dramatic.
I thought that once I was able to travel and see more places I would be happy.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
I've learned that what brings this earth to life is the people who inhabit it. It's the living breathing forest and animals who roam the earth and give it meaning. God showed me this, but it took me a long time to realize that.
What made the ADKs so special to me, what the life that I had spent there. My connection to the forest, animals, and people was so strong that I left a piece of myself there. I had yet to do that in Colorado, which is why I felt lost. It was because I hadn't connected myself there yet. I hadn't grown my roots.
You may feel differently, but I don't think I'm a nomad. I think I love to truly explore and get to know an area. To invest time into learning the inner working of the land.
I need more than a vacation to connect with a place and finally understanding this has changed everything to me.
So let me regroup here
What I'm trying to get at is that if you don't invest yourself into creating a life, you'll never be happy anywhere.
Don't ever complain that "there is nothing to do here" or "I can't find friends there," because I'd bet my life savings you haven't even tried.
Don't be afraid to reach out on social media, go to community events, and talk to people when you pass them on the street.
At the end of the day we all just need to be human.
We need to connect with each other and in turn connect with the world around us.
There is a beautiful life waiting for anyone who wants it and all you have to do is gain the perspective needed to see it.
If you ever need advice or feel lost in the same way I do, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to help you find direction.