Two thoughts for today.
First of all, I came back from Chattanooga today! I get sad leaving my family (although most emotions are muffled at 5:20 in the morning), but I enjoy coming back to my real world adult life here in Tampa. In the past, it has sometimes been bittersweet, because adjusting to life in Florida has been a challenge at times (fewer restaurants than Atlanta, fewer friends here, no family, etc.). But, today, it felt right.
I said hello to the person next to me on the plane and asked if they were from Tampa or coming on vacation, and she told me they were visiting family (older couple). She then asked where I was from; when I said, “I live in Tampa,” she said, “oh, so you’re going home!” Yes, in fact, I was.
When I walked up to the third level of the parking garage at the airport, I saw my little car sitting there, and something clicked. For some bizarre reason, I said “hello car” (as soon as it audibly came out of my mouth I looked around to make sure no one heard me). I drove away from the airport onto the roads that I’ve come to know, and it sort of felt more like home than it has before…
I liked going back to work and going back to my daily routine and seeing my boyfriend, and I liked having this feeling when I came back.
Secondly, my boyfriend took the GMAT today! I’m so proud of him. He’s been studying really hard and has been dreading actually taking the test. But, today he did it. Now it’s done, and it’s on to the next step of applying to schools and deciding on programs. That process won’t be the most fun, but I’ve told him I’m here for him every step of the way; he’s always there for me when I am making an important decision or need some support or a reality check.