Goodbye, Austin

Austin was a sleepy little city in 1989. I arrived with a suitcase spilling over with vintage dresses, Mexican shirts, a clean set of  sheets and a laundry basket with sundries and nothing else. My best friend and I were anxious to begin our lives and after a few weeks in town we wanted to find little jobs and settle into little homes of our own.  After almost twenty-two years,  I am leaving town, exiting with a few suitcases and a laundry basket of sundries.

Last night I joined some friends on Congress for First Thursday and finally felt just how much I will miss the place I called home, my way of life and my friends.  However,  I am more than excited about what lies ahead. While I always saw myself one day leaving Austin, no one else did and my news surprised many. It seems a bit of a daring move to some but I must admit that quitting my safe little job felt completely liberating. I am still waiting for that feeling of despair or regret or fear. It has yet to arrive. Maybe it won't.

I can finally leave Austin because I am able to find my way back into town when I am ready. I love this little city more than I know and will return with a renewed appreciation, I am sure, but there is a whole world out there. I'll let you know what I find.


Anonymous Francesca said...

I was in Austin once, they have a great library for latin american studies. Best of luck - baci!

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger Dar said...

Brave, new world, brave new girl (or rather woman, so please excuse the choice of vocabulary, but girl rhymed :)

I wish you the best, & want you to know you are living out the dreams of many, many of us - thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through you!!


Saturday, April 09, 2011  
Blogger sally said...

all the best to you! new adventures sound thrilling. can't wait to hear more!

Saturday, April 09, 2011  

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