The Value of a Blind Leap
April 9, 2007 2:53pm CST
Say that one has before them to directions they can take. One involves making a major move across the country to a new college, one that one doesn't intend to stay in, in exchange for a bigger school still in a year. In the first case, the individual knows that he/she will be alone for a small time until a very close friend also moves to the particular area, and that the individual is very much a home body, having never been away from his/her family for extended periods, to live. The other direction is staying where one is, in a small but pleasant school near home, with few perceivable outlets for the individual's dreams of becoming a writer in an area where there are many other artists to mingle with. The individual has friends where they are, and has come to know the place quite well, having a regular job and a working knowledge of the small city that abides there. For better or for worse, the individual consistently trades the semi-independent nature of his/her life for the comfort of home, seeming to take a step back into the womb for every one forward, into the world of independent individuality. The question is this: which is preferable--to stay where one is and has security, or to take a grand leap into the unknown, which represents a future that's been waiting for them?
• United States
9 Apr 07
I made a MASSIVE blind leap a few years ago and moved from Australia to the USA. It worked out very well for me. In the situation you've described though - I'd stay put. Moving across the country is a HUGE thing to do for something that is only for one year. Why put yourself through all of that for something that is only temporary?