Diane's post this morning got me to thinking about why I live here in Phoenix and I thought I would go ahead and post my comment here for you all.
I miss San Francisco and Berkeley so much - for all the same reasons she listed. I lived there for 14 years before moving back to Phoenix.
There's only one reason I stay here instead of moving back. Only one reason, but it's a big one. I hate the climate, the traffic, the desert, actually everything about the place.
Ok, maybe there's two reasons to stay.
The first is the best one and it keeps me here when I long to get away to anywhere but here - and that's family. I have 3 sisters, my son, 7 nieces and nephews, two grandchildren & 2 cousins that all live here.
No one is more than 20 minutes away. And we do things together, we love each other and are close knit. When I lived in California, I didn't know how that would feel to be so close to them - I cut myself off from them and I didn't know that'w what was missing until I moved here and found it.
The second one is my little guild. I've become good friends with some amazing women and we feed each others fiber addiction.
So I stay. It's a trade off that's worth it.
What trade offs do you make and is it worth it?