I’m struggling to understand the difference between need and want, but only as it relates to the inevitable move. It’s not about the need to brush my hair, but want a hairstylist to take care of it for me because they have some sort of magic mojo that makes my hair look perfect. My dilemma is I’m in need of being around my family, yet I want to be around a very tight-knit community of friends that has been generated over the past three years. Well, the family is in Texas and the friends are in Florida…where does that leave me? Pretty much imbalanced.
I’m not going to make a list of pros and cons because in the long run, family is always the front-runner - but (and that’s a very big but), we have found ourselves in the midst of the perfect state, a utopia if you will. Now, utopia is defined as an 'ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.’ Check, check and check. How do I leave such a place behind with no promise that the next one will have any one of these qualities? Really…I need to know.
In living with the good, and the not so good, Florida has been home for 16 years collectively. To avoid any calculations of my age I will offer it’s just about half of my life. How about thinking about it terms of my kid’s lives? My oldest is about to be 13 and only sees Florida as home, as do the younger two. And as kids, they only see what is in front of them, the tangible thoughts of what home is. Perhaps I’m just a kid at heart too? All I can see is the friends around us and the intimate bonds we have created in just a very short time.
And as with all things in life, we must think of it in terms of a song, a good song. A song that can encapsulate the mood, feelings and general disposition we are feeling right now…
My photo adventures in Florida