Something that terrifies a lot of people — and don’t get me wrong, it scares me too — is starting over. Starting over completely doing something new, in some place new, where you know basically no one. Its a frightening thing to do, but its something that I believe can make you stronger if you can be okay getting outside of your comfort zone.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m about to embark on a new adventure this summer. One that takes me 3000 miles away from where I currently am (and therefore my friends and family) past where my parents live in beautiful Minnesota to Washington, D.C. where I will be starting law school.
The Bitter Lawyer (this is a fantastic econ/law joke if you get it…nerd alert!)
Yes, yes that means I will be simultaneously be working on my J.D. and PhD at the same time, but I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that this will bring for my career and how much better its going to prepare for my future.
As great as this all is, I’m moving 3000 miles away from my friends and family, and moving to a city where I currently have less than 5 friends, two of who are probably leaving for grads chool themselves. While I’m excited and putting on a happy face, I am also nervous and sad to leave the wonderful friends I’ve made here in Santa Cruz and move to a place where I will be essentially alone, and have to start all over again. I know that this is the best move for my career, but am still apprehensive as to whether or not its the best move for me personally.
Regardless, I hope you join me on this new journey, as I navigate through a new city, new school adventures, and finding new friends, races and fitness communities. Thank you for being a part of my adventures thus far — I can’t wait to share the new ones with you all!
– Anyone live in the DC/NoVa area who runs or does triathlons and/or know of a training/racing group? I’d love to get involved in a group or meet up with people just as soon as I arrive in August!! If you live there, or know someone who does and would be interested in having a new friend, please let me email me (phdstrides (at) gmail (dot) com)