I might receive a little or lot of feedback from this post. People may even think harsh words such as “sell-out,” “fake,” or who knows what. Well, here it goes. I have been singing the same tune for many years, “I will never move out of the city of Detroit.” I was really feeling this when I wrote,https://aheartfullofconversations.com/2017/02/01/starting-a-heart-full-of-conversations-to-spark-the-courageous-soul-of-detroit/. But lately, the song I sing has been quite different. So, here it goes, and it is just a melody, but I have heard the tune of, “I can move if I want to. I don’t owe anybody anything.” My new Mantra is: “I gotta save myself, before I can try to save anybody else or I will be lost forever!”
I know my last post brought up the fact that there is still goodness in Detroit https://aheartfullofconversations.com/2021/06/05/detroit-reflection-on-whats-good-here-by-chellyz-view. My heart will always love Detroit. But, who knows, I will probably never move. However, I was very critical of individuals who left, but I felt all emotional because I never dared myself to step out on faith and explore new surroundings.
Next year my daughter will be graduating from high school, and she is excited about attending college out of state. She is also considering attending a college in MI but living on campus. So, I am feeling sad and excited at the same time. I am realizing that the time is flying by and she will be leaving the nest soon. However, I am enthusiastic because she is more adventurous than I was at her age. A new environment is what she thrives for. I understand.
Four years from now, my son will also be leaving. Though he is not sure if staying in Detroit or any parts of Michigan is the plan, he did indicate he would like to move to another area just for a little while. However, he did reassure me that he would return to Detroit to give back to the community. A change of scenery is needed for his well-being. I understand!
Over the years, I have known people who desired to have a change of pace or wanted to find new opportunities. There have been friends and family who left and returned. There have also been those who relocated and never longed to move back, but that does not mean they don’t love the city. I am beginning to realize I am getting older. I have more years behind me instead of in front of me. I know you have heard your elders state this phrase before. Well, now here I am reaffirming the statement. Move how you want, but it doesn’t mean you or even me can’t love this beautiful place from wherever we are!
I guess I am writing this to state, and it is not like anybody needs me to say this but do what makes you content. Leave, stay or return; if you love Detroit, no matter where you are, that will never change. I am preaching to myself as well. Whether I stay or leave, Detroit will always be in my heart. Live your life, love this life and do what you need in life to make yourself happy wherever your soul leads you. Until next time………
-Let your heart be full of new ventures that will lead you to the possibilities of limitless conversations!