I’ve spent three interesting years here in DC.
Two jobs, three apartments, a few interesting roommates, and some amazing friends later… it’s been quite a period in my life. I jumped into dating, found some new hobbies, explored a whole bunch of new places…and I can safely say, I like who I am now 100x more than the person I was before I moved here. And I’d that’s a sign of time well spent.
While I’m pretty focused on moving and all the big life changes headed my way, it’s important to look back at what I’ve done in DC these past few years and think about how I want to celebrate my last few weeks here.
It helps that I’m not the only one of my friends leaving the city. In the past year, two good friends moved away and there are two of us moving this year. So at this point, we’ve worked our way through plenty of DC bucket lists, but still, I feel like I need one of my own.
Everyone keeps asking, “What’s on your DC bucket list? What’s left for you to do?”
And in truth, I don’t really have anything that I feel like I need to do. I’ve been kayaking on the Potomac, camping in Shenandoah, visited all the museums, biked around the monuments, and been to a show at the 9:30 club. I don’t really feel like there is anything I haven’t done in DC because I look back at everything I have done and I’m satisfied.
Weird as these years have been, they’ve been amazing. Even the rough times — cockroaches, bad dates, crazy landlords — I look back and think: I took it all on and I made it. Living in DC has made me stronger.
Someday in the future, I’ll be telling people about the time I spent in DC. I’ll talk about this time in my life and it will feel so far in the past, but it will always be the time I spent growing up and becoming a better version of myself.
What’s left for me in DC?
All that’s really left to do here is to enjoy the time I have left, to be with the people I’ve grown to love, and finally, to leave — to end an era and get started a new one.
(But not before one last trip to the zoo!)
How do you say goodbye to a place?
What’s the best place you’ve ever lived?