Why I Haven’t Left My Hometown

When I was a junior in high school and trying to figure out where I wanted to go to college, I really wanted to move out of my hometown and explore other areas. When I say I really wanted to move, I mean I was dying to get out. Honestly, what I wanted was to start over somewhere. When I realized I couldn’t afford to go to a 4 year university, I was pretty bitter. I couldn’t believe that I was going to have to stay in my hometown and go to a local college. I felt like it was some kind of failure. I had this idea that I was never going to be successful if I stayed in my hometown. There’s this weird stigma attached to people who have never moved out of their hometown. Like they aren’t cultured or educated.

Looking back now, I think it’s crazy that I thought like this. If you are in a similar situation, I hope you can relate and know that it’s ok to stay in your hometown for however long you want. You don’t ever have to move if you don’t want, but do make sure you experience things outside of your hometown. There are many other places out there in the world that are interesting. I have been to Europe and to many states and have had really great experiences, however I am always so happy to come home. I love the fact that I live so close to my family. My grandparents are next door, my brother lives down the street – It’s great! I love that I can go to them for anything and they can come to me for anything.

I thought about writing this post last weekend when my boyfriend and I decided to grab some breakfast, sit in our car by the river and just watch the ducks go by and enjoy the view. It was in that moment that I realized how grateful I am to live where I do. We are very close to the water and can literally see Canada on the other side of the river. I love my hometown. I love it because my family is there and it’s familiar. I know where everything is and I’m excited to start my own life here.

Of course I have to admit, I haven’t always felt this way. I thought I wanted to leave after high school because I was taught to believe that I wasn’t going to experience things or that I was missing out on something. I was scared that I wasn’t going to do fun things like my friends that were in college, just because I simply couldn’t afford it. The more years that go by that I stay in my hometown, the more this is farther from the truth. I feel like I can truly experience more things because I have stayed in my hometown because I’ve saved a lot of money and now have the means to travel. I love to travel because I get to experience different things than I would in my hometown, but I love coming back home to my family and telling them all about my experiences. I love experiencing different cultures and learning new things and I love being able to share that with my family.

There might be a time in the future where I want to live in a different town, but I still would like to stay somewhat close to my family so I can still see them often. Every time I come back from a different place, I love the feeling of coming back home. It’s like that feeling when you take your first sip of coffee in the morning. It’s comforting and warm and it welcomes you with open arms.

I feel like I grew up a little slower because I lived in the country and I got to play outside as a kid with my siblings and now I will be able to raise my children to do the same. I can’t wait for the day that I can come home after a long day of work to a house on a nice piece of property. I’m excited that I get to live in a place that I feel so connected to.

2 thoughts on “Why I Haven’t Left My Hometown

  1. I enjoyed reading this post, Shelby. I love your outlook on life. I am, at heart, a small-town, stay-at-home kind of gal, too. (My family moved around a lot when I was young but then settled back in our original hometown. And I have lived in the same little spot for a very long time.) I used to feel a little bit embarrassed about it. But now I have realized, just like you, how much I have gained from it. It is has given me a kind of stability and centeredness that helps me so much. You’re wise.

    • Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad you could relate to it. I really do feel like I have gained a lot from it and I would change anything. I definitely feel the centeredness and closeness as well. I love it. Hope you have a great day!

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