The office is quiet this afternoon. It’s Friday so I assume people have taken off for an early weekend. A few conversations remain around me and I can hear some guys playing on the foosball table down the hall.
This is my last Friday here.
It’s a little surreal… Finally, after years of wishing and hoping, I am about to move away from Chico, my hometown. No more walking down to The Naked Lounge to read a book, or popping over to Cafe Coda for a bit of breakfast on Saturday morning. I’ll have to make new traditions, create new habits, and discover new spots to call my home away from home.
I’m excited, but all week I’ve been a little sad too. Even now, my eyes are watering up as I think about leaving this place full of people I will love and miss.
These are the things you have to face when moving away… I didn’t know until now what it would feel like.
But then there’s this other part of me, giddy and excited, ready to set out on the road to Oregon and not look back. I’ve been waiting for this moment, to leave my hometown and my day job, for years, and finally the big day is just around the corner.
This weekend I will be kind to myself. I will spend time with those I love most, my friends, my family, my love, and my cats… and then I’ll say goodbye, for now.
The next month will be a whirlwind of change and preparation… I’m ready, lets do this!
Photograph by Shannon Rosan