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Monday, May 30, 2016


I love the city I live in. I'm pretty sure I've made that abundantly clear by now. Sometimes I just want to shout it from the rooftops though. Maybe it's not so much the city itself but what it represents to me. Don't get me wrong, Cleveland is awesome. We're definitely a lot more cool than anyone gives us credit for. But a lot of the things I really enjoy are simply because they're so different than what my life used to be like.

Before living here I was in my early twenties, in a long term relationship where I was unhappy, thinking "well, this is my life. This is what it's going to be like. Too late to do anything about it, I'm already so invested." It's not that anything was critically wrong but I certainly wasn't fulfilled. There wasn't any excitement or adventure. Then it was like one day I woke up and realized "Woaaah, nooooo! Girl, you gotta do you!" ...Except it wasn't a huge dramatic realization at all. It happened slowly over a long period of time but as soon as those whispers in my mind got louder they were impossible to ignore. Something had to happen.

If you've been reading The Dainty Squid for a while now you'd probably agree that things started to change when I got my license at the ripe old age of twenty-three. It opened my eyes that there was a lot more out there in the world than the life I had built in Geneva. I wanted - no, HAD - to see more, do more, be more! Things changed pretty rapidly after that.


On the way home from purchasing my first car back in 2013,  I spotted an abandoned building off the highway. On the side of the building it read "READ MORE BOOKS". I lost it! It was the coolest graffiti I had ever seen (There is zero graffiti where I come from, okay?) I couldn't imagine who would paint that? Why? Or even how they got up there! It blew my little country girl mind. I just loved it so much. I wanted so badly to pull over and photograph that building but couldn't imagine getting off the freeway to try and find this building. And getting out of the car near it? No waaaay.

I met Jeff a mere month after moving up here and not long at all after that he took me inside that building not knowing just how special that was to me. Since that first time, I've been in just about every inch of that building. I've watched the sunset from the roof, and I've even been up the water tower.

Three years after seeing that building for the very first time from the side of the highway, I live within walking distance. Up until early last week I actually had never considered juuust how close I was to it. I wanted to take a photo of it with a new camera and figured I'd just walk. I planned for it taking a lot longer but in less than ten minutes Klaus and I there. Being there, in front of this building, with my puppy dog, my camera and not a care in the world got me feeling some sort of way and I just had to type it all out.


I drive by this building on the way home from the grocery store, and it's visible when I get to the end of my street. I see it nearly every single day. I just can't believe it's my turf now. This world that was previously unimaginable to me is mine for the taking. It's so silly for this building to mean so much to me but it's really cool to see things come full circle like that.

Life is really rad, and honestly, it is NEVER too late to start again. Being happy is worth so much more than anything. Also, you should probably go ahead and read more books! ;)
xoxo

This building is actually in the process of being renovated. It'll soon, well maybe not "soon", be a school. It's awesome to hear that it won't be demolished and so fitting that a building with the words "read more books" will be a place kids will do just that!

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  1. I love this story of how you changed your situation in order to live your life as your true self. You're a smart person to have realized that at the age of 23 - and courageous too. Good for you!

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  2. I was almost waiting for you to say it was being renovated into apartments, and that you might possibly LIVE in it one day! Awesome that a building that said "read more books" is now going to be a school.

    I haven't seen much of Cleveland. But I'm in Columbus...

    Fleur xx

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    1. Haha! Nope, but that would be a pretty great story! :P

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  3. My friends and I used to drive around all the time when I was in high school (I have a great Cry Baby Bridge story), but when I moved back after college I was stuck in the rut of work and home. Everything felt so far away even things right by me. I liked having my blog because writing about interesting places made me want to explore the areas near me. I went through the same thoughts about wanting to start over. Mentor is dreadfully boring, but I think that's why I liked trying to find cool areas. Right before I moved I kind of changed my attitude and decided to start over and really start to love Cleveland and the suburbs again.

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    1. I wanna hear your Cry Baby Bridge story! I love reading about that kind of stuff.

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    2. It's actually not THAT exciting, but my friends and I used to drive down the road all the time at night. The road is really windy going to it and as we were turning we saw baby toys and chairs along the road. I think we all screamed and drove away. We've also tried to get gravity hill to work, but it never seemed to happen. Maybe we were just in the wrong place. http://weirdus.com/states/ohio/road_less_traveled/gravity_hill/index.php There are a lot of cops in the area, but you should check it out. Also, there is a cemetery I mentioned in a comment a while back that's in the area as well.

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  4. Aww, this made me smile. Such a nice story! And we all definitely need to read more! :)

    Lii
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  5. As a 28 year old who has been feeling stuck in a rut for a while, this was inspiring. I need change and I need it ASAP. It is never too late to start again. Thank you for reminding me, Kaylah! :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear the timing for this post was so good! Hope you can find a way out of that rut! <3

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  6. That's so great you were able to realize that YOU were in charge of your future and made the decision to make your life everything you wanted it to be! I was stuck in a job I hated a couple years ago and just kept telling myself that it was my life now and I should just get used to it. Luckily I was able to realize it was silly to think that way and eventually got myself into a much better situation. I definitely know what it's like to feel stuck, and how great it is when you break free!

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    1. So happy to hear you got yourself out of that situation! <333

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  7. Hurrah for you - on so many levels. Thanks for sharing this story - it's such an important message to remember!

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  8. That is totally NOT silly and reading this gave me goosebumps, especially this part: "This world that was previously unimaginable to me is mine for the taking." WOW! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all to get out of our comfort zones and explore the worlds that can be ours!

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  9. Great story! It's incredible how things come full circle like that. Starting over is a huge risk, but the happiness is worth it. I'm glad to hear that you took on that risk & reaped all the amazing things that came your way because of it :)

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  10. LIFE IS SO VERY GOOD!!
    thank you for sharing this story. i don't know you and it isn't my story, yet i received such a thrill from reading. great writing job!

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