Miami blog welcoming . . . me

So I went to my Technorati page and saw that I had been linked by Rick, a writer at "Stuck on the Palmetto". He wrote an entire blog entry about me and my moving to his city. Um, what?! Weird but so very nice of him . . . I guess? While he and everyone else are welcoming me with good intentions, they are also a bit too brutally honest. But, like so many people have said, life is how you make it to be, just like wherever you live, it's what you make of it.

Decatur isn't the best city. It's been called off the record as the "Stinkiest City in America", has been noted to have a high crime rate, not-so-great school system, a declining population, etc. If you ask anyone living outside of Decatur in the state, they will probably not have many positive things to say ("Decatur? So what is that smell?", or "Decatur? Is there anything to do there?" or "Decatur? Didn't they just get a Target there?). But I live here, and have lived here, for 27 years. There are plenty (well, ok, maybe just a couple) of positive things about Decatur. I have tried to make the most of it. And I really feel like I have. Now it's time to explore another part of the country. Never had this opportunity before, so I'm embracing it 110%.

There are always going to be good and bad things about every place a person lives. There's going to always be good in bad in all things we experience in life. That's just a part of life. I'm only going to be a Miami resident for a couple years. I need to (no, I must) milk it for all it's worth. This journey is too short not to. Life is too short not to.

So thank you, Rick, for your help. Thank you, too, to all your comment-ers. I'm going to try and go into this move with an open eye. I have to. And you'll be happy to know that, I already robbed a bank AND I am going to sell my car so I don't have to deal with the bad drivers. I mean, since I am going to be living in my million-dollar home on the ocean with entertainment at my fingers and no reason to leave the house, I think I'm probably set. Don't you?

No, seriously, I know it's going to be different. And I think I am ready.

I think.


Alexis Jacobs said...

Actually we called Decatur the "Armpit of America" LOL But I digress.

I am not sure if I would laugh or go kick the bloggers rear. WTF?? Look at this as an adventure. Screw whatever the rest of the say.

Jen said...

I agree with Alexis. WTF? This is one big adventure. You'll never know unless you jump right in and take a chance. Plus, if all of those people moved to Decatur they would have their top 10 lists why they hate Decatur. Whatever. It's what you make of it. We live in a big world. There's so much to see. Miami won't be your last stop. Think positive, Val. Sounds like you're already thinking that way without our reinforcement. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness you are moving to Miami, because according to Rick's blog there are not many nice people who live there, but you'll be adding a bunch of niceness.

Enjoy your adventure, with your determination to make the best of everything, you undoubtedly will succeed in making a happy life or yourself and your family down there!

Val, that's me said...

Aw, thank you. Whoever you are, thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

Cerella said...

Decatur. We like it here. :)
(in case anyone is wondering...that's our city slogan)