I recently moved to Houston, Texas. Yes, after 12 growthful years in Austin, Texas I’ve relocated. It’s only 2.5 hours apart, what could be so drastic? Right? Let’s just say some days I wonder if I’m in the same state. A little background on Houston and myself: I never thought I would live here! I disliked it from when I was a kid until adulthood! It’s that different. Personally, I think the culture is drastically different! Houston is more hustle and bustle and Austin is a more laid back hustle. I could’ve waited to tell everyone how much I love Houston and how its been a great transition, but that wouldn’t truthful. After three months, I’m still not “feeling it”! A friend told me it took her two years to settle into new places. That was comforting, because I had expected this transition to be a lot smoother. #LIES I’ve questioned and validated my decision numerous times. However, those in between times are hard. Austin was comfortable in many ways. I knew the city, the people, and the overall vibe of the city! I had connections, people I could call or simply meet with them. I had resources for my clients an co workers. In this new city, hmmm, not so much.
Through this transition I’m learning some pretty cool things about myself. I know what I need, but learning where to get it is different, before I just knew where to go and what to do. Now, it’s a task! Let me just get it out…I miss my acupuncturist! WHEW! That feels better! Dr. Tan provided me with an abundance of knowledge in a short amount of time, and changed the way I work with clients. This is also making it difficult for me to find a new acupuncturist.
I also am learning how to stop trying to make Houston into my own little Austin. They’re separate and I have to learn to expect and accept different experiences. It is when we hold on that creates conflict and right now, I’m conflicted! It’s getting better! I can’t say I love Houston, but I’m learning to like it.
Change is hard, yet inevitable and much needed. It produces growth, sometimes in unexpected areas and in unconventional methods. The harder we fight, the harder the transition. Maybe I won’t look at it as learning to love Houston, but learning to change my mind about how to love Houston. I’m learning to be open to the reason I moved, this city has a lot to offer me, and I have a lot to offer this city!