Ever since I started this blog, one month after we moved to Peoria, I have tried in earnest to love it. Of course, there are aspects of the culture here that make me feel a little out of place, but in every other respect, it’s a great city. The three things I continued to repeat to myself: there’s no traffic, cost of living is very low, the people are really nice. Oh how I underestimated that last one.
Three months into our stay here, I found myself with very few friends and a dismal social life. So I decided to accept it and focus on work and learning about my optimal health. My patients (and coworkers) became my friends and my family. They knew about me and my life and truly cared what I was doing with it.
“The people are really nice,” doesn’t even come close to the truth. The people here saved me from a very boring existence. They made me laugh and cry (yes I have cried in the middle of our waiting room) but mostly they just taught me that every person has a history. If we can get to a mutual understand of our pasts, we can be friends in the future.
This past Monday I accepted an offer for an awesome job in San Diego. I’ll be designing (and building) again. The company seems great, and they’re going to pay me a reasonable income! All amazing things. They also want me to start work as soon as possible.
So it is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Peoria and the health center. Yesterday was my last day at work and, because of the shortened timeline, I didn’t get to say goodbye to anyone. So this is my goodbye. You all have affected my life in ways that you cannot fathom. You have opened my eyes to the fact that every person has tons of good in them, you just have to connect with them to find it.
Thank you for being there for me. For leaning on me for advice on your health and for being interested in my life. You have no idea how much it meant. I will miss you all.
And to my few friends outside of work, thank you for taking the time to know me. Most of you knew I’d be leaving this summer and you still considered it worth your while to spend time with me. I appreciate all of you and will miss you so much. You all have a place to stay whenever you want to visit San Diego.
This blog will continue, although my weekly format may change a bit. So keep reading. And comment when you want to talk. I would love to keep in touch with anyone from Peoria.
Mom, Dad, Cam, Nikki, Makenna, Gran, Chuck, SD friends … I’m coming home! 🙂