The Big Move Theory

By Lauren Wilder

By the time this article reaches your eyes I will be Chicago.

 I began dreaming of this move when I spent a month with my family in the summer of 2000. There was something in the air that made me want to come back again my senior year in high school for Christmas. It was at 17 I decided that I was going to move to this city. In 2007, I had the chance to navigate the city in a late Chicago winter through downtown which reaffirmed this was where I wanted to be. It was the perfect dose of city and cultural neighborhoods I craved.

 So, last month I sat down with my notebook and planned my move. It’s definitely not the most practical move; I’m still unemployed and little savings. You’re probably thinking are you sure you want to do this? Darn skippy. I’ve already received the concerned parent speech. I’ve considered all the things that can go wrong, right, backwards, and forwards. I’ll only be 23 next month, why not take a chance? If it doesn’t work I can always come home, even though I cringe at the thought.

My plan will unravel in time and of course I’ll share this with you all. When you get the urge to do something and feel that it’s right (despite nerves), then you have to go through with it. I have no idea what’s going to happen. It’ll be a change dealing with two homeschooled cousins, a stay at home mom, and an aging uncle.

I’m excited and this is probably the most excitement since I began teaching. I think we’re entitled to excitement in moderated doses, for me it’s every 6 months. If I were given the opportunity to plan out my move again, I probably would, but if I turn back now I think I’d fail myself. It’s not that I don’t think I couldn’t do it, I’d be afraid to take a chance.

In my whole planning process I’ve learned a few things. First, I learned to follow the Nike motto “Just Do It.” Second, I learned to plan according to my wants and needs. For example, if I wanted an apartment as soon as I got to the Chicago I would’ve planned it that way. My plan was an escape plan that has an emphasis on a fight or flight response. Third, I consider all possibilities what can go wrong or right, this is just so I could stay grounded and really make my plan work. Lastly, I asked for help, special thanks to my uncle and aunt for letting me crash at their house.

Many young people my age are packing up and moving with their dreams to guide them. I guess this is what your 20s are about. You make moves and pay for them later, good or bad.

I feel ready, except for Chicago winters which no Southerner will ever be prepared for.

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