Something I’ve started to appreciate more since I moved to Austin are relationships.
I grew up and lived in a small town in New Jersey for 19 years of my life. Same people, same events, same food — same everything. Not much changes in a small town. I liked that.
I miss my family, and I miss my friends all the time. How can I ever fill the void of going to Bren’s cabin parties, playing basketball with Frank, and eating my body weight in buffalo wings with Bernard when I’m so far away from it all?
I loved doing those things, but it was always the people that made them so special.
Don’t get me wrong, I came here knowing what I was doing, and in search for a better life. There are already things I’ve grown very accustomed to in my “new life” that I’d miss just as much as I do my life back in New Jersey.
The more people I meet, the more “right” it feels to call Austin my home. I came here for reasons primarily based around my business, but have found so much more in the relationships I’ve made here.
Maybe I appreciate these relationships even greater since I don’t go to school, or have a regular job, and meeting people hasn’t been as “traditional” for me.
I think the circumstances of how some people meet are incredible, though. And even more incredible is how a random sequence of events can pair you up with someone who shares similar interests, has a complementing personality, and can help you grow as a person.
People make all the difference in your life. Don’t take the people in your life around you for granted, and never pass down a chance to make a new friend.
You never know how a person you briefly met even just a year ago, under seemingly meaningless circumstances can suddenly come back into your life and change… everything.