There is still a lot to do before moving next week, but today I took a mid-day break to go for a jog on my usual path through Lincoln Park. While passing through the park, I realized that this would be one of the last runs I'll take in Chicago, which is unfortunate because, unlike St. Thomas, Chicago is a great running town. There's a lot of flat land, a great park and an entire lakefront to jog along. I took advantage of this to train for two 13.1 marathons while I lived here. The training for those races resulted in several runs in extreme weather, but also a good amount of runs with an exceptional city view and fantastic people watching. Regardless, all of my runs made me feel accomplished at the end.
Ultimately, that's why I came to Chicago - to accomplish something. I didn't know specifically what I wanted to accomplish, but I knew I wanted to see how far I could take my life while I was here. And, Chicago didn't let me down. I've made good friends, eaten amazing food, drank at every possible bar I could find, gone to sports games, built a career, fallen in love and bought a house. Indeed, I grew up here in Chicago.
Many people may wonder why I'm leaving Chicago if I've had such a wonderful experience here, but it's because of my good experience in Chicago that I feel even more confident that I'll have another good experience elsewhere. Of course, if my move isn't what I am hoping, I know Chicago will be right where I left it.
So, this week I'm going to run my runs through the park and enjoy what I have before I leave to see where my life will take me.