The Big Move West

What an incredible year it has been.  Filled with the best of time and the worst of times.  Although it is not yet over, the holidays have a way of speeding the last few months along quite effectively.  This is in part why I have begun reflecting on all the crazy things that have transpired in the last year of this decade, bringing to a close a ten-year period of growth both fruitful and (at times) painful.

The most significant of these changes came about as I traded the East Coast for the West, embarking on a several-month long journey along the Northern route of the U.S.  My most memorable stops were in Chicago, Mt. Rushmore, and Seattle, before culminating in a much anticipated resettlement in the San Francisco bay area. This transition has been very trying for me physically, emotionally, and mentally, but I would like to think that I have come out better for the experience.  You might say that I am reinventing myself.

I now look to the future with hope and excitement.  The bay area is beautiful, and I finally feel like I could belong in this place.  Something that I haven't felt in this country since leaving Poland.  I look forward to all the wonderful arts and culture that is so abundant here, eager to absorb as much of it as I can and to meet the people behind that culture.

Yes, 2010.  You have really kicked my ass a few times.  I want to be mad at you, but I just can't.  You have brought me to a new place in my life and taught me some valuable lessons.  So thanks. And farewell.

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