I grew up in a small town in Ohio that, while lovely, didn’t have a lot to offer me for what I wanted for my future.
I wouldn’t have gotten to write amazing stories about those amazing people if I hadn’t left Ohio.
Since leaving at 18, I went to Florida for school, Illinois for a Summer internship, California for six years, and now New York City.
I wanted the big-time in the big city, so I left for college in Florida (not a big city, but it was a step) and I only moved up from there.
There will probably come a day when I feel this way about New York and want someplace new, but so far I haven’t reached that since this city has so much to offer.
And even if you leave for a few months and realize you hate the place you’ve gone and all you want is to go back home, at least you tried it and learned that where you came from is where you want to be.
Now I’m excited every time I go back to visit, because it’s small and quiet and a drastic change of pace from my busy New York lifestyle.
There are times when I want to move to my favorite cities (London and Los Angeles) but I worry that if I live there I won’t love them as much.
I wouldn’t have met some of the best people I know if I hadn’t left Ohio.
Many of my friends I grew up with are comfortable and happy in Ohio, and I love that for them.
Now I feel grateful that I grew up in a small town that was easygoing and simple.
Even if you don’t leave your home state permanently, even leaving for a year or a couple months teaches you a lot.
It never felt like the place I was meant to be, and as much as I loved it, I knew I needed to leave.
But here is the most important thing that leaving home has given me: a renewed appreciation for Ohio.
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