At this very moment, I'm on a plane to Boston, Massachusetts. I've never been and, though I won't be in town long, I'm looking forward to whatever I can find. Since I'm renting a car, the exploration will be much easier (and hopefully cheaper) than any other form of transportation. Thankfully, Hertz is currently holding a promotion to remove the underage fee for 23-24 year olds. Here's hoping all goes well with the reservation!
I'm excited to drive up the Maine coast and see the extraordinary beauty that, until now, has only been in stories or pictures. I've brought my camera to embrace the journey and document as I go. I'm also keeping a journal to keep my thoughts down.
And I have so many thoughts already.
Less than three weeks ago, I submitted a letter of resignation and quit my well-paying job and at the conclusion of this trip, I'll be moving back to Kansas City. I am so satisfied (finally) with all that I have seen and done during my time in Chicago. I've even surpassed my greatest expectations! My original plan was to go to art school, graduate, become a graphic designer, and move to the city. I've done all and so much more! I've created a billboard for Times Square, designed a candy concession cart for the NBA All-Star Game, worked on menus for the Grammy's, Kentucky Derby, and so much more. I'm so thankful for my experiences and for the people that have come and gone throughout my life. Seriously, words cannot express.
I've been emotional lately (reasonably so), but I'm excited to begin a new chapter in life. I'm more than ready to be surrounded by family and constant love and support. It surely is a need most may not even realize is important. You need family! At least, I do. I'm moving back for no one but myself and my well-being. It is not, nor has it ever been because of financial concerns of the independence of living in an entirely separate state than my loved ones. The greatest reason for all of this is because I have done it all, like I said, greater than I imagined. I've proven to myself and those around me that I can survive a corporate environment and sustain a lifestyle as a functioning young adult in society. Through this, though, I've learned that the corporate environment, especially for creatives, can be incredibly stifling. Honestly, probably one of the greatest things to happen was when my boss was let go. The employment I once knew and much appreciated had began to evolve and diminished before me, truly opening my eyes to greater opportunities. I spent more than two years with the company, which is the longest, most rewarding job I've ever had. However, I began to see, as the company shifted to "greater business ventures", the only true rewards were a well-kept paycheck, full benefits, and a retirement plan. As a 23-year-old, I'm proud of what's been done thus far, but I can't comprehend what or where I'll be next week, let alone in close to 50 years. I wanted more freedom with my time and more flexibility to be with family as I pleased. I could feel my creative self begin to disintegrate and it ached. I could feel a burning deep within my chest for something I could no longer fulfill at the job I had, seemingly wasting my day at a desk, dreaming of doing laundry or any otherwise tedious chores. I wanted to create. I'm a creative! I need it to be alive.
I'm so grateful for the opportunities today and before me. I'm ready for the next step in life and to really explore all that's available. Sounds cheesy, I know, because it is, in all honesty. But, cliches are so for a reason.
Once I land in Boston, I will continue to document my journey and my thoughts. For now, I'll just enjoy the ride.