well, the cat's out of the bag.
as many of you know, i'm planning to move again. where to i can't say for sure yet. this time, it's based more on where i get a job (and warm weather--i'm talking to you, chicago/all of the north) i'm interested in than places where i have friends or family. i'm hoping for san francisco, but am looking all over. even abroad, although i'm afraid the chances are probably low i will find a job there. i'm craving adventure again, though. i want to revel in the electric atmosphere a city has to offer. it's like this weird impulsion of mine to want to move and explore that creeps up after about 4 months of living in a place. wanderlust, perhaps?
very exciting times indeed, but here's my burning question of the moment: what does one do when they've already checked out of a place mentally? i know i won't be here much longer, so i've been feeling like putting any effort into my job, relationships or social interaction is somewhat pointless. i felt this same way before i moved from virginia, and it's a very frustrating feeling. i know that can't be constantly waiting for the next thing, because i am of the belief that our lives should be lived to the fullest each day. luckily, i'm not the only one in this boat.
this weekend i grabbed coffee with a friend of mine who i hadn't seen since college. it's been three years. we've both moved around a bit, dated some boys, and ended up back in ann arbor one way or another.
as we chatted about our experiences here, i told her that i was having trouble enjoying ann arbor knowing i will leave soon. she had the same problem as she is also planning a move, and responded, "you should make a bucket list!"
i think making a bucket list is the perfect way to renew your interest in a place, and take advantage of the many things an area has to offer without feeling like you missed anything. think about all of the things you've been wanting to do but have been putting off for no other reason than this: "i'll make it there eventually." if you're moving, you know you have a limited time and might not do those things, so write them down, and make plans to check them off before your move date.
here are a few things i plan to do before i leave michigan:
- go cabrewing (canoeing down a river with a case of beer=day drunk in the sun)
- learn how to change my own oil & my own tire on my car
- go camping
- go to the upper peninsula (3 & 4 may be combined,)
- go to the detroit institute of the arts (DIA)
- eat real polish food in detroit
- start up a farmer's market stand (english goodies, anyone?)
- visit short's brewery and the traverse city area
- try the fish & chips at monahan's in downtown ann arbor
- host dinner parties
- join a kickball team
- take a class
- drink whiskey and listen to bluegrass on my porch on a summer night with friends