I'm both country and city.
I can do red-carpet-fresh, and I can do gym-casual-hipster.
I was trying to explain my self, my lifestyle to a new friend last weekend.
I was trying to provide clarity as to the vast array of my awkwardness.
It's not an easy task.
My background is agriculture, my roots in the Desert Southwest of Arizona.
Growing up, "cold" meant the temps dropped to the 60's.
"Dangerous" meant being out after dark.
"Friends" were hard to come by and "trust" was everything, and nothing at the same time.
Agriculture took us to the fertile Salinas Valley, eight miles from the Pacific Ocean.
There I learned what hard work meant--- including how to be ready to uproot your entire life at the drop of a hat and turn around and retrace your steps in hope of finding your way back home.
The quiet of the desert provided the most stability, and also gave me the wings to fly away.
In college, you're shielded from the outside world. At least, I was, living in Little Sweden, USA. But the College theme that year was "From the Plains to the World", so I guess in a way, you could say this quietly influenced the spirited, venturous, young adult I would become.
From here, I've gone everywhere: South America, the West Indies, all around the Midwest, West Coast, and back again.
And what I've learned, is that, I'm all of it.
I summed it up by saying something like this:
"It's like....I like my quiet moments, the places I can feel truly relaxed in. If I don't have down time, I freak out. I'm big on comfort, until I get too comfortable. I appreciate small-town businesses, and love connecting with the people I see walking down the street. But I can't feel contained-- or squashed --- for too long. I gotta go -- have to keep it moving. I like having a Home Base, somewhere solid to come back to-- but I have to go breathe different air every once in a while.
I am so Lindsborg. That place has my heart. It's where it all started for me (my adult life). I have such a connection to that town and the College--I know it was exactly the place I needed to be, it was the decision I was supposed to make, it was where I needed to go to begin growing. Or continue growing, depending on how you look at it. I'm still extremely connected to Lindsborg and active in its community, in fact, I HAVE TO get away and go back to Lindsborg every so often, or it's like: 'I can't breathe'.
But then, Kansas City?...Yeah, I love that place. I love the people there. I love the energy and diversity and how everything is different every day. It still feels safe, but there's enough mystery to keep me challenged. Kansas City lets me d r e a m. I have to go there every once in a while, or I CAN'T BREATHE.
I need all of it. I'm not simple. I'm complicated. But complicated in a really good way, I think."