How does one go about determining the place to which they belong? “Home”. Is it based on how many friends are in a place? Where a significant other is? If you have job there? Family? Sentimental attachment? ______?
I suppose the most obvious reasons would be schooling or working. But what about the transition between school and work? Degree and career? I have two years left to figure this conundrum out (of course theres lots of different transitions, but as this is my blog, I’m addressing my coming transition =p)
At the start of September 2006, I went away to Guelph confident that this would only be a 4 year deal and I’d be back in Calgary by April 2010. But situations changed and I found myself a life out there. And every time I return to Calgary, it’s hold on me seems to be less and less.
But what’s there not to love about Calgary? It’s close to the mountains, which I love, the air is still relatively unpolluted, the city is growing and along with it the culture and food, theres no PST (yay for being Albertan!). My roots are here. A huge chunk of who I am is here; the artsy side. I have access to a CAR here!!
What’s there to love about Toronto? Cheap, good food anywhere, anytime. Great shopping. And… thats about all I can think of in terms of Toronto pros. Of course good friends are in both places. Both Calgary and Toronto are super expensive to live in, but at least I don’t have to pay for living expenses in Calgary.
Lets say that the rock solid reasons for living in a place (permanent or otherwise), are
Lets say some solid reasons (not as rock solid) are
- living expenses
- culture (arts and eats)
So lets say those 5 things are a given. What makes up the rest of a decision to live somewhere? To identify a place as your chosen home and where you belong?
Someone please tell me. I sure don’t know.