So a few of you may remember when I was on Twitter asking about places in SC that you would recommend to live in, and what other states you might consider? Well, Eric and I had talked about moving within the next 1-2 years.. but then people were getting murdered, riots and of course extreme weather issues happened.
We talked then, and still talk now, about the pros and cons to living in North Dakota as a long term possibility. I definitely didn’t see myself staying here long term, but the more I look at the rest of the world, the more I really don’t want to leave.
I grew up knowing the following:
-Real friends are few and far between.
-Most people just want you to do things for them and have a one sided friendship.
-It is better to be a loner.
Guess whose parents were wrong?! Mine.
Moving here was definitely an eye opener. For starters, most of the people here are genuine. Seriously! Second, I’ve never had people offer to help me with so much before. When I had to unexpectedly move out of my first apartment here, my friend of less than 5 months was eager to help me move! That’s insane, usually I have to bribe people, but here its just something people do. I’m not saying everyone is like this, but a lot of people are.
Now the other good things about ND?
-Close to Eric’s family.
-Good school system.
-It has jobs, lots of them, and that’s awesome.
-The Northern plains bubble, it’s a thing.
Not so good things?
-Cold. I was raised in AZ and the coldest place I’d been to before this was up in the mountains of AZ or OR.. which doesn’t even compare to this place.
-Long distances from city to city.
-The closest Ikea, “big” Sephora and Cheese Cake Factory is 4 hours away.
Granted some of the not-so-great things are things that are sometimes seen as a good thing. Do I like long car rides? HECK YES! In fact, I like driving in general so maybe that’s not too bad.. the whole Ikea thing? It’s a treat to go to the cities and see friends which makes it that much better.
I guess in all, what I’m trying to say is: This is home.
This is where we will probably get married and someday, God willing, have children.