Grand Haven, Michigan (2016)
Ten years ago, I found myself along the western strand of Michigan for the first time, entering my freshman year of college. As with many first-year students, it was a transition marked by excitement about what the next four years could bring. What possibilities would there be? What journeys await?
Ten years later, I find myself, again, a new resident along the western coast. This time, the transition lacks a certain energy. The lay of the land is familiar. Professional life lacks the milestones and dramatic personal growth that define university life. The possibilities have played out; the journeys reach their resolution.
The challenge that awaits me is that of being open and receptive: receptive to the fact that I still have lessons to learn, and open to the possibility that familiarity does not mean that adventures don’t await.