Rediscovering Your Hometown

                                            Traverse City, MI
I’ll be the first to admit that I am easily caught up in the “I’m ready to get out of here” mentality that plagues many adventurers alike. It’s hard to stay in one place for too long before you get itchy feet and want to leave . The promise of new places and new people is exciting and often preferable to where one normally resides. Which is why many individuals chose to leave their hometown instead of staying throughout life.

While I experienced this feeling as early as freshman year of high school, I can say that these past few months of being home for summer vacation has reinforced my appreciation for where I grew up. Back in May I was ready for a break from school but still apprehensive about moving back home for three months. The first few weeks at home felt weird to say the least, but I soon rediscovered my hidden love for Northern Michigan. These past few months have been full of outdoor activities. Beaching, hiking, coastal drives, and of course summer bonfires. I’d always known that I lived in a very coveted location, but I had failed to realize it’s adventurous potential.

                                             Glen Arbor, MI

I feel silly admitting that I pretty much forgot how beautiful my hometown is, and how lucky I am to have grown up here. The “lets get out of here” mentality that developed during my teenage years seemed to have muted my ability to appreciate my current surroundings. Sometimes staying in one place for too long can have that effect of environmental boredom. But, all it took was a year away from home for me to realize that I live an a very eventful and activity filled place.

                                               Empire, MI

Now I’m not saying that I’m ready to buy a house and park myself here forever… Sometimes it’s just nice to acknowledge your surroundings and learn to appreciate what you have currently instead of longing for something else. A place is only as exciting as you make it, and I have most definitely learned that this summer.

Traverse City, MI

What makes your hometown so special? Comment below!

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