A new friend of mine (whom I met through this blog, actually) asked me how I felt about Richmond. This is my sixth year here. Here is what I said:
it's a very love/hate thing. i am ready for something bigger, and the social aspect of richmond is so small that everyone knows everybody's everything. i hate that part of it. but i love the tiny art feel, like the indie coffee shops and galleries and free wireless is everywhere, lots of artsy bohemian type undergrads walking around. so, richmond is treating me well right now, bc i am mostly an introvert.
This surprised him. probably because I'm so chatty.
well, i straddle the fine line between the two, really. but when given a choice between a situation with many people, and being alone, i'll most likely choose the latter. i like pondering things and taking pictures and playing piano and playing on the internet and writing. i am an only child, so i grew up entertaining myself all the time. i guess i still enjoy this. don't get me wrong, when i am in ny i go to dance parties all the time! but i LOVE coming back to quiet.
great balance = great life, to me.