The last few months have been pretty unkind to my family and I. Between losing my job, my grandmother’s health issues, and my uncle getting cancer, it seemed like things should start turning around. Life is full of ebbs and flows, but there are too many ebbs right now. Admittedly it’s hard to stay positive. I’ve come close to landing a new role, only to not get it. It is disheartening, but I keep telling myself things will turn around. And I hope they do turn around soon.
In the meantime, this has given me an opportunity to explore my city a bit more. At the end of August, I went to the Field Museum for the first time in about ten years. Ten years! Not mention it’d been about 20 years since I had been to the Shedd Aquarium. I’m not sure how so much time has passed since my last visits to both places. Since moving to the city of Chicago three years ago, I’ve continually told myself, I’ll go to the museums, the aquarium, or to that restaurant. I haven’t done any of those things for three years until now. And it was great.
I decided to finally take advantage of the free days that are offered throughout the year. This forced me to get out of the house, but also to be a tourist in my own city. Truthfully, I was self-conscious about going by myself. Upon arrival, I learned there are numerous people who go to by themselves. It’s no big deal. And it wasn’t until now that I realized how much time had passed since I had last visited. Which is really disheartening that I’ve just been letting these world-class attractions go by the wayside.
Being in this rut lately I think it’s important for me to remember to get out every once and awhile. This is the time to take advantage of rediscovering the city I’ve grown up 30 miles outside of and now have lived in for three years. I’m not sure the next time I’ll get this chance, but I hope the next time I do is because I took a day off to relax. Next week seems like a good week to go to the zoo.