Late last year I made one of the most difficult moves of my life, leaving the mountainous East coast and settling out West in the desert. The move was difficult for a number of reasons but mostly I was leaving behind a place I had allowed myself to create a home in, which for years had been unavailable to me thanks to travel with my job among other things. So it was sad to leave, but necessary for this point in my life.
When I arrived out West my first impression was sand…
Lots of sand and arid dryness the like that I have never experienced before. Where it had rained nearly every other day back East, the West was days upon days of sunlight (and smoke from the CA fires if we’re being honest *sad face*). The climate and a lack of normalcy combined with not knowing a soul was a major push outside of my comfort zone, and if I’m really honest with myself, I hated it.
This new circumstance forced me to confront my comfort and challenged me to find the good in what appeared to be, maybe not bad per say, but different. Yes, the good in the different is a great way to describe it! And for a while, every day was a struggle to gain familiarity with my surroundings while looking for opportunities to enjoy the offerings of the desert (can you say gorgeous mountain views?!)
All that to say, I was SO surprised to wake up on Saturday to (can you believe it?!) SNOW! In the desert! Who knew?!
Come to find out that apparently this isn’t actually that rare of an occurrence, but for me it was so unexpected! I little gift of empathy from the desert to me! ❤ and I loved it! The entire day I was so light on my feet and happy to be alive! I couldn’t stop looking at it!
Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on the experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I don’t hate these new surroundings quite as much as I thought I did. Maybe I just needed to work through my aversion to change, and though it has been a little painful, this thing called growth, my new environment is showing me how. Yes, there is good in the different!
So now I challenge you to find the snow in your desert. May you find the beauty in your situation ❤