Lindsay Pietroluongo – The Worst Thing My 7 Year Old Self Could Be ToldSep 26th, 2013 | By Lindsay Pietroluongo | Category: Lifestyle
Moving has been on my mind for the past few months. For me, I’ll only relocate when I have a budget that allows me to visit my family often, but that doesn’t mean I don’t day dream about new surroundings. I always imagine giving myself a new nickname when I move, like “Frankie” because my middle name is Frances. (That’ll never actually happen, because my real name is tied into my writing career – I’m a Pietroluongo for life, even if I get married.) When I was in elementary school, finding out a friend was moving was the worst news I could receive. Back then, the only viable reason for leaving home sweet home would be if someone had to take a new job. Now that I’m older, I realize that migrating, either temporarily or permanently, can be essential for well-being – it’s called Relocation Therapy.
So Long, Past
Memories are connected to a lot of things – scents, lyrics, people – and, of course, places. That can be wonderful but it can also be a burden, a terrible reminder of heartache and sadness. For someone who gets flashes of awful moments when they pass by certain locations, moving to another similar-looking town isn’t often the key. Instead, it’s more helpful to move somewhere that contrasts with your previous home. For example, going from New York City to San Francisco is going to have a lot of the same triggers; going from New York City to Miami won’t.
Take the Reins
When you’ve lived somewhere since childhood, it can start to feel like your life’s running you instead of you running it. This is a sensation I get often even though I have a truly self-run lifestyle, from my apartment to my career. Day in and day out, it’s the same restaurants, shops, families… It can start to feel like everything’s stale and worn, like no decision is fresh and original. Part of the problem is not harnessing the area’s true value – surely there are coffee shops and boutiques and people I’m not yet acquainted with. Sometimes, though, there’s a craving to lay eyes on everything foreign in a place where nothing is recognizable. Moving also affords the opportunity to create brand new routines, which is invigorating.
Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks and Poison Apple Ink to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.