I was at a party a few weeks ago and one of my friends asked if I ever felt like I wasn’t truly living my most fruitful life in Chicago? Over the past year I have heard basically the same question come up a handful of times. And I honestly love answering “No, I love my life here on a daily basis.”
I am in love with everything Chicago has to offer me. Sometimes I will be mid commute, probably crammed on the red line like a sardine and will start to smile. I love the hustle and bustle of the commute and can’t help but love this city period. This particular smile is rooted deep. Ever since I was little I remember seeing the big city on tv, and I vividly remember driving into Chicago from Iowa with my parents. I started crying when I could see the tall buildings because I was so excited(Yup I still felt alllll the feelings as a child, aka nothin has changed guys).
Cue applying for jobs senior year of college. I had essentially ruled Chicago out because I felt it was the “safe choice”. I applied for countless jobs in both Seattle and Dallas but nothing seemed to stick. I applied for a few jobs in Chicago as a safety net and eventually ended up taking one of them. I moved one week after graduation and started a few weeks later. While I may have despised the work I did at my first job, I don’t despise the decision I made at all. My job connected me with other people my age in the city, and honestly put me way out of my comfort zone.
Jump ahead a couple years and I’ve changed jobs a few times but then Chicago paid me back and helped me land a job I enjoy on a daily basis.
Aside from my job Chicago has taught me so much about myself.
I know how to get most places in the city without ever pulling out google maps(I get too excited when people ask me for directions because that means I look like a real Chicagoan right??)
I’ve done things by myself that I never thought I would, like going to the movies, a comedy show, or even going to the bar. I truly used to never do anything by myself and nowadays I prefer to go to the movies solo if we’re being honest.
And most importantly I now know what Burrata is.