In my move to Nevada I had to leave many of my possessions behind. I was trying to move down here efficiently and cheaply, which meant I could only take necessities. I wanted to start over and what better way to start over then to get rid of everything and only take what I need. These are some simple things I would never consider a luxury, until I didn’t have them in my grasp.
1. A Bed
I didn’t take my bed with me when I moved. In fact, I didn’t take any furniture with me. I’ve resorted to sleeping on the floor with bed of blankets and a few pillows. It makes me think of the movie The Blind Side. It’s about the life of Michael Oher, the NFL football player who was taken in by a family. There was a particular scene in the movie where he is given a room to himself, He says, “I’ve never had one before?” Sandra Bullock who plays Leigh Anne Tuohy’s character says, “What? A room to yourself?” He looks at the bed affectionately and says, “A bed.”
2. A Car
I walked home from school every day from the time I was in 5th grade until I was senior in high school. It made me humble. I bought my first car my senior year. The thirty minute walk to school was now a five minute drive. I used my car for everything. Going to school, going to work, going to a friend’s house and many other means. I relied on my car so much that I don’t know what I did when I was without it. I always have to ask myself, “What did you do before you had a car?”
3. A Job
I loved my job back in my hometown. However, I am not going to disclose exactly what I did, but it is something that I hope will jumpstart my career. I started from the bottom and worked my up. I met the right people, I made a lot of good impressions and I never took no for an answer. I was determined to make it my field. I was upset that I had to leave because I had come such a long way from working at a local fast food chain. I am very careful with my spending since I have no source of income coming in.
My family is a mess. I have a mom’s side of the family and then I have a grandma’s and grandpa’s side of the family. I guess you could say I have a step-grandma and step-cousins. I’ve always been close to my mom’s side of the family, that being my aunt and my grandma. I used to see them every week. We would go on outings together like to the park, the movies or events. I remember when my aunt took my to a backyard BBQ with a live band that played 80’s music. They have helped me through some troubling times and not having them here with me makes my heart ache.
I couldn’t take my friends with me, of course. I promised I would come back and visit. I wouldn’t forget my friends because of everything they have done for me. I used to go out with my friends a few times a week or I would go visit them. My friends were okay with just staying at home to watch movies. It wasn’t hard to please them. Due to the time change, I can only talk to my friends at certain times of the day. There are days where I wish I could see them. I know with FaceTime, you can talk to people instantly. It’s not the same. I need to see them and have them with me.