Since I've been back from vacation I've been feeling 'slumpy'. Nate and Andrew called me slumpy and it pissed me off, but probably it's pretty accurate of my feelings lately. I fall into the trap of thinking life by a beach is so much better than life here in the middle because my whole life has been spent living here in the middle. Life on a coast probably is the same, I just don't know because the only 'life on a coast' I know is a vacation, and who doesn't love vacations?! But I have to remind myself that the realities of life, even when being lived by a beach, still exist. I have a great life here, and I'm trying to remind myself not to take my charmed life for granted.
Pros to life in the middle:
- Affordable living - I can afford to have a pretty comfortable life here and still be able to go on trips to other places
- Middle ground - No place in the U.S. is more than a 3 hour direct flight away
- Family and friends - My life is rich with the people I'm blessed to have here in my day-to-day life
- Midwest lifestyle- I like split checks at dinner, driving myself places on uncrowded highways (with the exception of rush hour traffic - which still doesn't compare to traffic on I-5 in L.A. at 1pm on a random Thursday afternoon), and general public decency of smiles and 'thank yous'; whereas in some of my travels to more 'exciting' places, these points were lacking.
Life on the coast side of life is probably no greener than here, I will constantly be mindful of the wonderful life I have right here in the middle.