I received a text from the realtor today that my Cambridge apartment has been rented out. It was a huge sigh of relief and a "shit just got real" moment because major pieces of this move are finally in motion. So I've been very inspired to create a series of posts to pay homage to a city I've called home.
When we moved to Boston two years ago from California, we knew we wouldn't stay forever. The idea of living in the east coast was a novel one, a move we didn't expect or really plan for. But an opportunity presented itself, so we took it and never looked back. We thought, hey, it'd be kind of fun to live the east coast life for awhile and get it out of our system. But as much as we enjoyed our brief stay here, our time is up. We don't belong here.
I've learned that people don't move to Boston for "fun." Boston is not that type of a place. Boston is the city where you build strong roots, where you establish yourself and raise the generations after you in the culture that is Boston. Once you move here, you become a fixture to the city. It's very home-y. And there's always something for everyone. It's not a really a place where you check-out right away. Sure, winters are terrible, but there's nothing like bad weather to bring a city together like shoveling your cars out from heaps of snow. Those winter pains is very much shared, just like when the Red Sox lose. Bostonians go through some tough shit that people in California will never understand. And year after year, Bostonians endure through the shit and they can't explain why. To them, it's just part of life.
I call that "The Boston Effect."
No one really leaves, and I'd rather not get caught up in that because I have serious commitment issues. Just kidding. Maybe not.
But in all seriousness, Boston is truly a one of a kind place, rich in history and culture that goes unmatched beyond the shores of the west coast. The people are friendly, "wicked smaht", and can annoyingly talk your ear off about sports. These are the things that I will miss deeply about Boston. And if I had to move back to an east coast city for whatever reason, I'd still choose Boston. Easily.