Day 19: If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
My younger sister loves the Sims and I used to play it as well. In the Sims you can choose aspirations that show
what motivates the Sim(ulated person). My sister was/is a self proclaimed "knowledge Sim." That's why she's a physicist and works in science outreach, wanting to spread knowledge. She said to me "you are so totally a family Sim." She is so totally right.
Truth is I can think of some really amazing and beautiful and exciting places on earth that I'd love to take Ryan and go live... but at the end of the day that's not really where I want to settle. I want to be with my family. Probably in New Jersey. I was born in New Jersey and we (my parents and sisters) moved away when I was 7 to South Carolina where we were pretty isolated. Every time I visit New Jersey, where my grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins still live I get this amazing sense of homecoming. There's nothing like walking into a Wawa or having a TastyKake (though I hear they've changed! :( ) But New Jersey is expensive and I'm not sure I can ever afford to move back. But since we're talking wishes...
I also wouldn't mind moving closer to my parents. I'm not sure if I would move back to the same area of South Carolina. Quite possibly, but I admit the politics of South Carolina sicken me. I love the environment and many of the people but it seems like every decision coming out of Columbia lately is making it a worse and worse place to live. A while back on facebook I was killing time and saw something about city profiles or something and was just messing with it and it hit me that I think Ryan and I could be seriously happy in Asheville, NC. It's only about 45 minutes to an hour from my parents, in the mountains for Ryan (he adores mountains), has an artistic feeling and plenty of nature for me but is a city for Ryan (he's never lived outside a city before, where as this is the first city I've lived in.) It's still close enough to the Atlantic we can go to the beach fairly easily (I love the ocean and would prefer it to the mountains, but it's not that far.) We could probably be very happy there.
Lastly I have no idea if I'd like it but strangely since I left the US BOTH of my sisters, separately, have moved to the same region of Maryland, near Baltimore. It's not that strange in that both of my brother-in-laws (well my brother-in-law and my soon-to-be brother-in-law) work in the same industry and that's where had openings. But they're not working for the same company and before I left no one lived there, so it's pretty strange. I've passed through Maryland (mainly with my family when we were going to visit family in NJ or on the way back to SC) but I've never really spent any time there so I don't know if I'd like it. But it has my sisters and the water so that'd be another possibility.