I realize that I am probably just being ignorant and perpetuating ridiculous stereotypes, but I have never wanted to leave the friendly confines of Texas. In fact, the debate for me has always been how can I avoid Houston and relocate to either the Dallas or Austin areas. I love that you don’t have earthquakes like California, tornadoes like the Midwest, bad hurricanes like the coast (at least where I’d be living), and cold winters like the Northern states. Most importantly you can play baseball virtually year round in Texas.
It’s not that I haven’t been other places because I have; it is just that I genuinely like Texas better. It is where I want to raise a family, I think. Well, aside from all of that I have always considered myself someone with a relatively open mind. This past semester I worked on a consulting project with OfficeMax, and really loved the city of Naperville (CNN’s Money Magazine’s #2 place to live in 2006).
Additionally, I have always said that the best time to get out, take some chances and see the world are right after graduation, when I’m still young, unmarried, and have plenty of flexibility. So what if a phenomenal opportunity presented itself in the Chicago area? In the North East? Would I be capable of leaving all of my family and friends and re-locating? As I will invariably have to find a job during this upcoming fall semester, this is something that continues to weigh on my mind.
Ideally, I would love to be in the Dallas area (Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Denton, Richland Hills, Flour Mound, Frisco, Addison, etc.), but what if the circumstances dictate relocation?
Part of the reason I’m scared of relocation is not that I am scared I will hate it, but that I am scared I might really like it. I really enjoy my family, and want to be able to visit my parents as they continue to age. What if one of them falls ill? Relocation is really expensive if you’re a homeowner, have a family, etc.
I certainly do not want to be in a situation like the one fellow Brazen Careerist, Monica O’Brien found herself in, but I do want to enable myself to learn, grow, and experience all life has to offer, yet to maintain my optimal happiness (and a large part of that is being around my family).
So weigh in, what do you think? Is this natural? Am I perpetuating stereotypes about Texans? What are some of the pros and cons of relocating? If you’ve done it, share your experiences good or bad.