What are you Thankful For?
Around this time of the year, people are often asked what they are thankful for and the answers are always the same: family, friends, love, job, etc. But, when I reflect on the past few years--the past few months--what I am thankful for the most is Dallas.
I moved to Dallas without a career, without a car, and without any savings. But, what I did have was a support system, faith, resilience, and yet still, a whole lot of fear.
In all honesty, I was afraid of Dallas. I was afraid of living in a big city; I was afraid of being over 2,000 miles away from my mother; I was afraid of not finding my place in Dallas; but, most importantly, I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of taking this huge risk and falling short. I was afraid of going home, with my pride in my suitcase, because my small town dreams crumbled in the Big South. However, Dallas didn’t give me that option--the city didn’t let me founder.
Dallas embraced me in every way imaginable. It gave me lifelong friends. It gave me a career. It gave me confidence in myself and in my work. Most importantly, it gave me a sense of belonging.
I found my place in Dallas after almost a year of searching and combating the idea of returning to my small town in Ohio. The opportunities that I’ve found here, I know I wouldn’t have found back home. The connections I’ve made, the career I’ve fallen in love with, the people I’ve met--I have Dallas to thank for that. For me, moving to Dallas has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. And, although it has been hard at times, I’ve finally embraced calling myself a Dallasite.
In essence, Dallas helped me to discover myself and I can honestly say, for that, I’m am grateful.
About the Writer:
Kiera is a Dallas transplant, originally from Sandusky, Ohio. She is a freelance writer and high school English teacher in the Dallas Metroplex. To connect with her follow her on Instagram: @kierawrites