Beathard: To each her own
October 29, 2014
I've been leaving town a lot this summer and fall. For some reason I get antsy when I don't leave a place for too long. Sometimes there's something specific I want to get away from; sometimes it's just the stimulation of a different environment and the listening to music in the car and the money I save going out in a town other than Aspen.
This weekend, it was Fort Collins and Boulder — parties, dinner at a friends' parents house (which included two adorable baby cousins) and a little shopping on Pearl Street. But there's just something about coming home to this valley that I am starting to appreciate more and more.
It so happens that a high school friend of mine was moving to Denver at the same time that I was driving out that way. She told me about this decision the last time we were home at the same time, saying she was taking a pause from her career — and what better time to take a break and play in the mountains for a couple of years. Trying to save her from her out-of-state ignorance, I asked her why she had chosen Denver and wasn't looking at ski towns. She made some smart-ass comment about how a ski town would be too small for her and I dropped the subject — some people can't be helped.
The thing is, she's probably right: My life probably isn't for her. And her life probably isn't for me. I've never lived in a big city, and even though sometimes I think maybe I should try it out, every time I've come close I've backed out, and the longer I stay in our little valley the harder it is to see that happening. The 10 minutes of traffic I experienced Friday on I-25 were enough to send me into a tailspin. I don't know what I'd do if I was fighting it in Dallas every day.
Some people have a very finite view of what people should and shouldn't be doing with their lives. I prefer the unconventional approach, and always did, which is why I just can't imagine my life if I had gone the cookie-cutter way.
I had a great time this weekend. Boulder and Fort Collins are both fun cities with lots of young people and stuff to do; they are just the right size for me if there are ever any factors in my life that pull me out that direction. But it sure was nice coming home.
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Jill Beathard is the editor of the Snowmass Sun. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.