The Adventure of a Lifetime
By Amy Parker, Chief Exec of The What
I just so happened upon this little ‘anniversary’ piece I published nine years ago on Splendora. It’s very fitting, as twenty years ago today, I left my hometown and set out to create a new, adventure-filled life for myself in San Francisco. I was filled with hopes and dreams and fears, wondering about my life yet lived. I was 23 years young. And today, after week-long visit with friends and family in Charlotte, I’m flying home to Cali, feeling much of the same: nostalgic, thankful, hopeful, curious and energized about what lies ahead.
This piece captures so much of what I still feel about my life-long adventure and the perennial mindset I had way back when. I am now 43 years young, and feel like I am just getting started – evolving, exploring and challenging myself to create the meaning and purpose that will take me through the next twenty years.
Published on Splendora.com, February 4, 2008
For any of you ladies out there looking to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, here’s a little story for you: Today is my 11-year anniversary of living in SF. I moved here from Charlotte, NC at the age of 23, with no job, no $$$ and no friends and yet it was the most exciting day of my life. I remember writing in my diary as my plane was landing, ‘This is it. This is the beginning of my new life, no matter what happens from here on out.’ And sure enough my future has unfolded before my very eyes, sometimes dramatically and chaotically and other times in very ordinary, mundane ways that I barely noticed.
The highs, lows and self-propelled dramas of my 11 years in SF could fill the pages of a Days of Our Lives script. Many friends, men and jobs came and went those first few years — some by choice and others that left me none. But the good ones stuck and for that I am thankful. I look at my life and realize that everything I have is because I worked my ass off for it. I left the comfort of my hometown, my family, my boyfriend and my childhood friends to pursue a different life for myself and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m no less close to my friends and family in NC, but I am wiser and stronger for the adventure. It started out as a solo adventure and has turned into a life that I love and am proud to have built for myself. So, for anyone that is considering a daring move, new job, singlehood — anything outside your comfort zone, I encourage you to go for it. You won’t be sorry.