It was very surreal to leave the beach town I’ve called home for the past 8 years. I’ve seen people leave Santa Barbara for a new job, new city, grad school, missions trip, or an affordable house, and each time I’ve had a hint of jealousy for their new adventure. But, then I look at my surroundings and think, “who would ever want to leave this place?” Well.. I just did. Now I’m in a coffee shop in downtown San Francisco, and I’m needing to remind myself that I’m not on vacation.
I had a wonderful last week doing as many Santa Barbara favorites that I could squeeze in: cruising State Street in Mindy & Graham’s convertible, eating my favorite veggie burrito and chips & salsa at Los Arroyos, going to my favorite beaches – Butterfly, Padaro, and Mesa Lane, while seeing as many friends as possible. I didn’t stop long enough for it to sink in that I was actually leaving. Probably a good idea, since I would have been a blubbering mess of kleenex.
Thanks friends for the wonderful community you gave me during those 8 wonderful years. I am forever greatful! Now.. on to the next adventure… the Muni Bus.