This will be my last post for a week or two as I am relocating to Los Angeles from Arizona. So excited!
I am one of those people with an insatiable itch. A need to move, a twitch that I develop when I stay in one place for too long. The urge to run gets so bad it borderlines depression sometimes. We started in my hometown of Louisville Ky, Then moved to St. Louis, Austin, Phoenix, and now, Los Angeles. I was thinking about all the places Ive been, all the times Ive started over with nothing more than a coffee pot and my guitar, starting out in each new town living in my car, then to a studio apartment, then moving up from there until the urge hits again, wash, rinse, repeat.
It made me realize, America is the only country in the world this behavior would be possible.
The American dream promises us nothing more than the CHANCE. The possibility to do amazing things if you try really hard. In what other country could you completely reboot your life numerous times and not fall on complete and utter ruin? Ive had close calls, I've been homeless. I've been on the brink of throwing in the towel, Ive had the thoughts that maybe everyone is right, i should just stay put, get married, finish school, and do what they say im SUPPOSED to do. But i've also received an education better than any course I've ever sat through. I've learned more about people as a whole in these 10 years than I ever wouldve if i'd just stayed put, lived the status quo, and I wouldnt trade that for anything.
Im not saying America is perfect. Anyone who watches the news knows we have our problems. We are a nation divided on many, many issues. But I refuse to believe it's something we cant overcome. The main thing Ive learned from living all over the country is that there are good people everywhere. People where greed isnt the driving force, where differences educate instead of divide, and there are people still willing to put their neck out for someone down on their luck. With all the negativity in our media that makes me just want to give up sometimes, I still have drive and compassion, and they cant take that away from me.