Monday, October 02, 2006

A Year In Chicago

Last week, September 25th to be exact, marked one year of my living in Chicago. Admittedly it started out a little rocky here, but everyday since has been one more day of affirmation that moving here was the right thing to do.

Oddly enough, I was back in DC the same day on which I moved a year ago. And I will say that there is something to the phrase, "you can't go home again." While I spent 10 formulative years in the District, I didn't feel like I was home while I was there last week. Yes, it was great to see Aaron, Marc, Keith, Serhiy, Kelly, Eric, Jon, Derrick, Andrew, and even my best buddy Jeff - even if all too briefly. And it was also great to finally meet these guys face to face after a year of emails back and forth. But as much as I cherished being with these people whom I love, I really just couldn't wait to get home. Seven days is a long time to be away from your life.

I had 10 wonderful years in DC. But I expect the next 9 years in Chicago to be as amazing as the first. There is a comfort in knowing where you belong. And just because you may have many friends, or even family, in one location - it doesn't mean that location is supposed to be your home. "Home is where the heart is".

And my heart - my new, rejuvenated, ready for more life heart - is in Chicago.


  1. Dop, I had no idea you have only lived in Chicago for a year. Congrats on your year. I also just celebrated my one year anniversary in Chicago on the 31st.

  2. From an artist perspective D.C. was great just because of all the art and the fact that the museums were FREE! I'm going back for a visit in December. Nawlins is just a short visit until I decide where the hell I'm going next.

  3. Well, it's nice that Chicago feels like HOME. And its nice you made it back to the DC area to see friends.