This is the city where you became yourself. But once you became yourself, you left. Your youth had ended and, at first, you did not regret it, but the more time passed since that realization, the more your discomfort grew into disdain.
College is a funny thing.
Like us, this city is young and with infancy comes many shortcomings and uncertainties.
Forgive yourself for being a little broken, because in truth, we are all a little broken.
A few less obvious reasons why you should be massively proud of yourself exactly as you are.
Like a dog chasing its tail, I have performed the asinine activity of chasing the same thing, chasing my past, chasing answers that likely have no conclusion around, and around, and around once more.
While any of them pursue practical careers in law, medicine, teaching among other things, some parents pursue careers in the arts, writing, advertising and music. For kids who grew up with ever-so-creative parents, life was usually vibrant and meaningful.
“Look at what he’s doing to your lawn!” my neighbor screams from his deck.
Growing up in Appalachia is something that is incredibly difficult to explain if you have never experienced it.
The irony of growing up is that in order to do so authentically, we have to stop trying so hard.