Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of moving to Cleveland.
I know you enjoy hearing about my Cleveland adventures just as much as I enjoy telling you about them… but it’s time to get serious.
When I started this blog, I promised that I would tell you the nitty gritty truth about what I’ve learned in my young adulthood, and that I’d help all you other struggling millennials in new places figure it out. Near, far, or wherever you are – listen up!
Here’s a life lesson.
You need to find your person.
And no, I’m not talking about getting married or getting swept off your feet by your prince or princess charming. I’m talking about finding that person that just GETS you. They understand how your brain works, and can always find a way to help you through whatever you need.
Maybe you need to vent. Maybe you need some motivation. Maybe you just need someone to tell you to get yourself together. Whatever the case may be, you need to find someone in your new city to do that with.
It could be a friend you’ve made, a colleague at work, someone you met on a dating site, or even your boss. For me, I’m lucky enough to have found MY people in each one of those capacities. I’m not going to lie… they aren’t all great at helping me through EVERYTHING, but I know who I can go to for what.
I can’t sit here and tell you that it’s always Rainbows & Unicorns when you move to a new city. It’s really, really hard sometimes. What I can tell you is that what you put in is what you will get out of it, though.
By nature, I’m an introvert (unless I’m super comfortable or there is a lot of wine… then I’m really an extrovert.) I had serious difficulties putting myself out there when I moved to Cleveland and I was struggling. How do you make friends as an adult? That’s something they should really teach you in college.
Sure, I could call or text my other friends but I was alone here. That was a feeling I had never known before. I needed to find a support system here, and that’s what I did. I forced myself to get comfortable being uncomfortable and it’s been a life-changer.
Score provided me the opportunity to acclimate myself into a work culture that was family-oriented, which showed me exactly the type of friends I needed here. Sam, Meg, Gea, Matt, Tiff… the list goes on and on.
My 20s have been a weird time in my life full of growing pains, high highs and low lows. But you know what – I didn’t do it alone, and you don’t have to either.
Find your person.