What doesn’t kill you…

Homesick.

What does that even mean?

Here is the Merriam Webster definition:

Merriam Webster

As a reporter, you have to get used to being “away from your family and home,” because the job requires adaptability. For me, that’s been quite hard.

I lived in or around Houston my entire life. Houston is where my heart is. My sister is there. My friends and my significant other is there. Two months before I moved to Las Vegas, my bf and I signed a lease on our first apartment together.

Those things make Houston home. Not having those things within arm’s reach make me sad.

Even so, I’m surprised at how well I have adapted to this city. I came in expecting to hate it, because I had only been here once before and just to the Strip.

Now that I’m living here, I get to experience Las Vegas like a local. I know my way around town pretty well. I’ve made lasting friendships. I understand the climate better now than I did when I first got here. I get to hang out at the diviest of dive bars, enjoy some comedy at a tiny theater and try out all the things that tourists don’t know about during their short time here.

But I miss Houston and all the things in it.

My professor once told me that to make it in this industry, you have to be willing to make sacrifices and avoid commitments at the start. Take a job anywhere, he said. Be ready to move out of the state and stay out of the state for several years (or forever), he said.

It’s been a few weeks, and I’m proud that I have done so well. I now know that I can go to any city and truly thrive there even though I might feel homesick.

Some people choose never to leave their hometowns. Staying in one place is safe for them. However, fear of the unknown can be crippling. Those people tend to weigh you down with insecurity and lack of confidence in your or their ability to adapt to a new situation.

I chose to dive right in and I #CantStopWontStop.

I’ve decided to not let my homesickness deter me from applying to reporter positions all over the country. From Pennsylvania to Alaska to Hawaii, I’ve applied to all kinds of newsrooms. Eventually, I will even apply to positions in other parts of the world if the opportunity looks interesting.

This both scares and excites me.

My sister, my significant other, my friends and my heart are all in Houston. Some of those things can come with me as I explore the world. The rest will have to excitedly watch from the sidelines and wait to see what the next chapter of my life will contain.

I can live with that.

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