Tuesday, February 4, 2014

An Open Letter to Atlanta

Dear Atlanta....

It was three years ago today that I embarked on a one way drive with a bursting Civic of belongings to your great city walls. 

To an apartment I had never seen but now owned. To a job I was skeptical I could handle. And to a place where I knew no one. 
(well, I take that back. One of my best friends Rina lived there but she moved away just one month later) :(

And even though you have your downsides:
cough cough....endless traffic...cough cough
Valet-only parking basically everywhere, distance between me and my family, the endless summer of rain....

Despite that, you are my favorite. You are beautiful. I never get tired of looking at all your shiny lights and when I leave, even though I know I'm coming back, I get a little sad. 
 
But more than all your bright lights, more than all your endless activities and sport teams and festivals and bubbling energy, 

You gave me this...

Some of the best friends of my life. And so much love and friendship and countless memories. 

You may not know what you meant to me. But you...you inanimate city you...you brick and mortar...were a city full of hopes. Breath to me and new beginnings, fresh starts and endless dreams. 

They haven't all come true but, you keep me chasing and trying and, above all, hoping. 
For that, I love you forever Atlanta. 

XO, A

9 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

Congrats on 3 years in Atlanta!! Taking that leap of faith alone is hard, but it's so worth it!! I did the same thing from Florida to Boston 4 years ago and it was the best decision of my life (minus the winter)!

Shannon said...

So sweet! I love that you love your city so much. And that you were so brave to venture into a big new city to start a job on your own. I don't think I could do that, and for that, you are a hero in my book.

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Looks like Atlanta has been great to you!

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

Ash, this makes me miss Atlanta SO much! Hopefully I'll be right back there with you by summer!

JBean said...

Aww I love this! It's funny how life turns out when we take a leap into the unknown. And for the record I love ATL too! Perhaps one day I will heed my sisters urging and move down there with her.

Carly said...

It's so great that you love the place you choose to work and live. More people need to take a leaf out of your book, I say! You got it all going on!

Brittany said...

You make me want to move there the way you talk about it

Sara Louise said...

I have never been to Atlanta. I think I need to take a trip.

Katie said...

I love the way you talk about Atlanta. It is so important to love where you are. Makes me want to visit!

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