It’s been two weeks since I moved to the city and I have finally unpacked the last of the boxes. It’s almost bittersweet but such a good feeling. When I moved ‘away’ for college I was 20 minutes from home, far enough to get the freedom but close enough to go back whenever I wanted. It’s different now but in a good way. Some people are probably thinking that making the move to Atlanta when I am still going to Kennesaw State until December was dumb, but I can honestly say it was the best decision I have ever made for myself.
Back in March I made the joke to my mom that I wanted to move to Atlanta, fully expecting for her to laugh in my face and say ‘yeah right.’ The exact opposite happened, actually. She looked at me and said that she thought it was a wonderful idea. After explaining to her my reasoning and how it would honestly be more beneficial in the long run, she was on board. Having two jobs, both of them being in Atlanta, and only going to school one day a week in the fall, this move just made sense.
I have always wanted to live in the city but never thought I would have the chance. I wanted to experience the life that I had longed to try before I had to settle down and raise a family. While that is nowhere in my near future, I wasn’t sure when I would have another chance again. Luckily, one of my good friends from high school who lived in the city already was searching for a third roommate. It worked out perfectly and the pieces just seemed to fall together. Things like that, you just can’t pass up.
I am excited, nervous, scared and still in shock honestly but I couldn’t be happier to start this new journey. Sure, I’m 30 minutes from my school but the commute goes against the traffic and it’s a breeze. I’m not near any of my friends, my mom or what I have been used to my whole life but that’s the point of this adventure. While I’m only 30 minutes away, it’s pretty much a whole different world. I’ve spent plenty of time in Atlanta and it’s not like I was moving to a completely new city with absolutely no clue what I was getting myself into, but I really didn’t expect this. The atmosphere is different, the pace is different and everything around me is unfamiliar for the most part. But that is what makes it so intriguing and exciting. It’s new. There is a window of opportunity here that I didn’t have before. It’s like I am getting the chance to completely start over. This move came at the perfect time too. I just turned 21, ended my last Spring semester of college and was about to embark on my last summer. I needed a breath of fresh air and a fresh start. And this was just that.
This is something that I have dreamed of for the longest time and it is coming true, right now. With graduation a short seven months away, I am about to enter the actual ‘real world’ and this is just a jumpstart. I get the opportunity to make new friends, see new places, go on adventures and experience a whole different lifestyle.
So here is my whole point of writing this – if you get the chance to do something, no matter what it is or what the start cost may be, do it. Don’t give up a chance to chase after your dreams. If you want something, be selfish. Don’t let others and their opinions stop you from making your move. You deserve to be happy, further yourself and adventure for as long as you can. For the people, that question your decision, who cares. It’s not their life and if it doesn’t directly impact them in some major way then quite frankly it shouldn’t be a problem to you. Your true friends will have your back, come visit you, support you and encourage you to follow your dreams. Anyone who does otherwise is just jealous of the fact that you are chasing your dreams.
Live life to the fullest and branch out. If the thought of chasing your dreams scares you, good, you’re on the right track but still dream bigger.
————————————————————————–This was published previously on my personal website, http://www.carlytyciabandy.com, a month ago.