May 15, 2010 0

Leaving San Francisco

By in Journal

Today we left the San Francisco Bay Area the same way we arrived, via cross-country road trip. While driving from Sunnyvale to Livermore I couldn’t help but feel like I had just been a visitor for five years. Our time here seemed so fleeting and short-lived. At the same time it felt like leaving home, leaving a part of my identity behind.

Moving to California has absolutely been the best decision we’ve ever made. During our tenure in Santa Clara, Mountain View and especially San Francisco, we discovered enlightening, unexpected and wonderful aspects of ourselves and others. We experienced life in the city for the first time, tried foods we’d never heard of, seen beautiful vistas and been wildly successful with our careers. In short, it’s been the experience of a lifetime.

The decision to move west was a difficult one, but it pales in comparison with the decision to leave. Aside from the wonderful weather and good eats, the people we’ve met here have in every measure changed our lives. Some of the friends we’ve made here are so special, such amazing people that the thought of saying goodbye was too much to bear.

Fortunately, we realized that we don’t need to say goodbye or farewell, only that we’ll see them soon. San Francisco may have been a temporary home but it has etched a permanent place in our lives, our friendships there bonds that aren’t going away. We absolutely plan on visiting again and again.

In order to move forward, you must leave something behind. We are excited about the changes and adventures to come, but we will miss California. I can only hope that we’ve left a positive impression on the folks we’ve met during our time here, as they’ve certainly made one on us. We love all of you.

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