When I first told people I got an opportunity to move to the east coast for a few months, everyone was ecstatic on my behalf. That is, until, I told them exactly where work was sending me.
“Oh wait…you’re not moving to the city?”
“Wait, hold on, lemme look that up….oh…”
And some people, with good intentions I’m sure, decided that I needed to hear the brutal truth. Just so I can get out of it while I still can.
“You’re going to die.” (regarding the cold weather)
“You’re going to hate it there. It’s one thing to choose to stay at home, knowing there’s an option to go out and do things if you wanted to. It’s a whole other thing not to have that choice and staying in because you have to.”
Not everyone reacted that way though. Some were supportive and tried to find the positive in my situation.
“I mean…it’s only 3 hours from the city, right?”
“Well…you get to have trips home, right?”
I don’t want to make it seem like everyone I talked to was super discouraging or anything like that. I get it. It’s the middle of nowhere, almost no one has heard of it (myself included), and I’m going to be there for at least 6 months without knowing anyone in the immediate area. Add that to the fact that Binghamton isn’t known as a happening place, of course people were worried about me.
The thing is, that’s because their perspective was like this:
Whereas mine was more like this:
They saw it as me going into the middle of nowhere, whereas I saw it as me going into the middle of all these places I want to visit!
Oh, and as for the cold, I guess it’s time for me to go shopping for a real coat then, right?
And I suppose I should also bring my snowboarding gear.
So yeah, I may be moving into a place without knowing anyone and without knowing exactly what I’m getting myself into, but I’ve been wanting to move to the east coast and I choose to see this as an opportunity to get out there and explore!