Describe a significant change/transition/turnover that you have experienced or that you are experiencing currently:
I moved to Spain in the early nineties to teach English. I was no longer in my twenties. I moved because I hated my job, was finished with graduate school, which had been the focus of my life, and I was just kind of bored with everything, especially myself. I wanted to recapture the feeling I’d had when I moved to San Francisco a few months after graduating from college in the Midwest: a feeling that every day, even a day that sucked, was exciting and that the next day would be even more exciting, regardless of how good or bad the current day was; a feeling that life was wide open. Every time I stepped out the door, and walked around San Francisco, or took a bus in San Francisco, or drank a latte at a café in San Francisco, or had a drink in a bar in San Francisco, I felt a kind of blissful gratitude that there was such a place as San Francisco and that I had managed to find a way to live there. But after a decade, this feeling had diminished. San Francisco was still San Francisco, and therefore, to me, the ideal city, but my initial blazing passion for it had morphed into a calm, steady glow. Our relationship had grown stale and since we weren’t married, not legally bound to each other, I was free to see other cities, not just for a two-week vacation fling, but for as long as I wanted. San Francisco, being San Francisco, did not hold me back.
Thank you Julie!!! And let it be known how glad I am that San Francisco is your home. Want to read more of Julie's work? Find her in the Summerset Review