A letter to Sacramento

February 15, 2011 in Places,United States

Dear Sacramento,

I just can’t do this anymore.

Old Sacramento

It’s not you, it’s me. I promise.  There was a time when I thought we’d spend the rest of my life together–and I know, it wasn’t that long ago.  I just think we found each other too young. People grow up, priorities change. I’m not the same person I once was. Where I once searched for comfort and security, I’m now seeking passion and adventure.

You could still be the one–but how will I know if I don’t go out and see other cities? I don’t know what I want, but I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to have regrets, that nagging feeling of what could have been. The sneaking suspicion that things could have, would have been different if only I had dared.

I know that we share a lot of the same friends, but they were yours first. I know that they’ll choose you over me, so I’m not going to try and fight you. Heck, my family even likes you more than me.

Some of the memories we shared, I’ll never be able to recreate anywhere else. Late nights at Willie’s after high school football games and back-home-from-college parties. Laughing over deep-fried Snickers and Ferris wheel rides at the State Fair. Heck, you taught me how to parallel park in midtown while simultaneously texting and sipping a latte.

Hear the Art

I finally feel like you’re growing into the city I want you to be, the city I know you could be. You’re taking an interest in the arts, you’ve set up the perfect date night. You’re the perfect mix of pierced and politics, cow town and capital.

We’ve talked about settling down, debating the merits of a cottage in Land Park and a Fab 40′s splurge. I’ve daydreamed about a wedding in McKinley Rose Garden and sending the kids to Christian Brothers.

“If you love something, Set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.”

Capitol building

It’s time for me to leave. Maybe this time it’s forever, maybe I’ll realize my mistake and be back before you know it. I love you, but I’ve got a one-way ticket to Sydney and I can’t let you hold me back any longer.

Sincerely,

Christine

  • Anonymous

    Exciting new things in your horizon! Sacremento will always be there…. make the most of this!

  • Choco_mademoiselle

    … :))
    I hope you have the time of your life in Australia :) have all the fun you can!
    bon voyage.. :)
    looking forward to some Down Under posts :))
    …oh and, your letter’s really beautifully written down :)

    gros bisous de croatie!! :)

    angie_cro

  • http://budgettravelintentions.com/ Jeremy B

    Good luck on the move to Sydney! And even though it’s time to put Sacramento behind you, I am sure you can still remain friends and hang out every once in a while. :)

  • http://twitter.com/fabdestinbrenna Brenna

    Have a great trip!! Can’t wait to read about Aussie!!

  • http://solofriendly.com Gray

    Love this. :-)

  • http://www.beachedeskimo.com Claire

    I left Sydney for the same reasons as you. At the moment I get the impression I’ll be back there some day. Enjoy it – you’ll have a blast.

  • http://twitter.com/100Mileshighway Katherina

    Bon Voyage!
    At least you know that Sacramento will always be waiting for you (and without hard feelings!)

  • http://twitter.com/ashleegadd Ashlee Gadd

    We’re going to miss you C! As Jeremy said, I hope you and Sacramento can remain friends (without too much awkwardness). Can’t wait to see your Aussie pics!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! You definitely receive some of the credit for encouraging this move–I’m looking forward to it!

  • Anonymous

    Merci beaucoup! Croatia will be next, after Australia!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sacramento will always have a special place in my heart! Certainly looking forward to the next time we hang out :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady! I’m looking forward to writing about it!

  • Anonymous

    Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Anonymous

    That’s so funny–you’re leaving exactly where I want to be! Crazy how the world works. Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Anonymous

    That’s very true–absence does make the heart grow fonder!

  • Anonymous

    They do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder–I guess we’ll see! At least I’ll be able to see a bit of beautiful Sacramento in your blog :)

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  • http://marisawilliams.com risamay

    Lovely letter. I’d like to write one to Berkeley, but I haven’t really moved all that far (Oakland) :D

    Bon voyage! I hope you have a beautiful, moving trip to Australia. Whether or not the move is permanent ;)

    Ah, Sac. I’ve never spent much time up there, but I have an aunt in Davis and I always hated visiting. It just seems like one of the least interesting or exciting places on the planet. But what do I know. I’ve never given it much of a chance. I will say though that my cousins both live elsewhere now. Doesn’t seem like they miss it enough to move back.

  • KATIE

    Best Wishes CHRISTINE!!! Explore, relax and enjoy!!! Be safe and be smart!!!
    God Bless!!

  • Choco_mademoiselle

    :)))))) double like!

  • Emily {Rue de France}

    Lovely post! I could write a very similar letter to my hometown.

    Hooray for one-way plane tickets! I’m looking forward to hearing your impressions of Australia. Bon voyage!!

  • http://www.kenanlucas.com/ Kenan Lucas

    “Maybe this time it’s forever, maybe I’ll realize my mistake and be back before you know it. I love you, but I’ve got a one-way ticket to Sydney and I can’t let you hold me back any longer.”

    When are you leaving Christine? I am in the EXACT same position right now – I have no idea for how long I will be gone or whether its a good idea to leave in the first place – but who knows maybe I won’t come back at all.

    I leave in less than two weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/DangerousBiz Amanda Williams

    Wonderful post! I always like reading letters people have written to their hometowns or countries. And this is definitely a great one!

    I’m sure Sacramento will understand why you have to leave.

  • http://twitter.com/DangerousBiz Amanda Williams

    Wonderful post! I always like reading letters people have written to their hometowns or countries. And this is definitely a great one!

    I’m sure Sacramento will understand why you have to leave.

  • http://downtowntraveler.com Leslie of Downtown Traveler

    What a nice love letter (or Dear John letter?) to Sacramento. I’ve never visited but it sounds pleasant enough ;)

  • Peiye C.

    I love it! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in Australia.

  • http://christineinspain.tumblr.com Christine

    This was a creative piece! Really enjoyed reading it–well done! And best wishes on your upcoming move across the world :) I have lots of cousins our age in OZ (Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney) if you want to be connected!

  • http://www.hiddentraveltreasures.com Tonya

    Good luck with your move! Very creative way of saying goodbye :) Tampa didn’t quite get that much love from me, haha…Mine was more like “See ya later” on a post it! hehe
    Congrats and good luck!

  • http://www.orlandovacationhotels.com Alice

    Good luck! You got to move if you feel it’s time to set yourself to something new=)

  • Lauren Fritsky

    Awesome :)

  • http://twitter.com/glampacker Natasha C

    All the best for your trip down under! I felt the same way when I farewelled Perth in Western Australia for London but you’re going to have an amazing time.

  • Anonymous

    Sacramento has definitely grown on me–it wasn’t my favorite place growing up! I think my love is for all of Northern California–I think I could definitely settle down in San Francisco or the East Bay as well. Only time will tell!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Aunt Katie! Will send you postcards!!! xoxo

  • Anonymous

    Merci beaucoup! Looking forward to some new experiences :)

  • Anonymous

    I just arrived in Sydney! Very excited for some new adventures :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady! Sacramento will always have a special place in my heart, but it’s time for something new and fun down under :)

  • Anonymous

    It’s got a certain amount of charm–but I think it’s more for the people who live there than those who visit!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! So glad you’re reading :)

  • Anonymous

    Gracias! I’m in Sydney at the moment, and always looking to meet more people, so we might have to get in touch!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Sacramento has a special place in my heart, but I’m certainly not agonizing too much about leaving it–I know I’ll be back at least to see family!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I’m definitely ready for the change!

  • http://twitter.com/xiquitabacana Carolina Mancini

    Soooo beautiful!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I’m loving Australia already :)

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  • http://marisawilliams.com risamay

    Whatever city (or country) you end up settling in for the long haul will be lucky to have you :)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! So kind :)

  • http://twitter.com/murdermile val

    I’m in the same boat. I love sac, I’m born and raised here, but I had the opportunity to visit NZ for a month and fell in love with people down under and now here I am going over the processes for applying for a working holiday visa for Oz and Nz… where I end up, no one really knows. :)

  • Anonymous

    At least we both know that Sacramento will always be there! Best of luck with Oz and NZ!

  • Rajasthan Tours Operator

    this is beautiful really so beautiful i like it a lot

  • Rajasthan Tours

    So beautiful and green

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