It’s the question I’ve been asked a lot today, most commonly between a barrage of punctuation (if by text or email), some expletives, an abundance of happy emoji, and the age-old “who, what, when, where, why” sequence. My response?
This is a cavalier, slightly obnoxious, hardly informative response. But my reasons are hardly cavalier, not at all obnoxious, and very well-informed. Here’s why:
1. I want, with every fiber of my being, to be a professional writer. In addition, I’m very clear that it won’t happen if I stay in San Diego at this time. This isn’t because San Diego doesn’t offer the opportunities to do so; it’s because I’m not in a space for San Diego to be the best place for me to make this happen.
2. I’ve made many challenging decisions during my nearly 40 years (we all have…I’m not unique). The past decade has been my least favorite but that which has provided the most opportunity for growth and maturity. I’d like to take what I’ve learned and apply it to a life that’s happier and healthier.
3. San Diego is one of the most amazing places to live in this country, and I became clear over the past year that if I’m staying in the United States, I’m staying right here. But there’s a REALLY big world out there, and I want to experience as much of it as possible. For all we know, San Diego isn’t going anywhere; I can always come home.
4. My dear, kind friend and her beautiful son live in Helsingborg, and they’re generously opening their home to me. I’d be an idiot not to accept.
I’m in the midst of research and planning. As of now, I anticipate an August departure, but will leave sooner if things align appropriately.
I finally feel like there’s a little less that’s eating at me; I think that verifies that I’ve made the right decision.