So I’ve been thinking about this and why I’ve been so challenged since coming to Houston. I’m not sold on this place yet. Besides the fact that it gets really hot and I have to drive everywhere, I’ve just not settled down properly.
I’ve lived in quite a few places so what makes Houston so different? Well, all of the places that I’ve moved and thrived, I’ve been very connected in someway. When I lived in Iowa, I was a leader in my sorority, doing poetry stuff, I had a little Sister through Big Brothers and Sisters. I was busy and had a lot of friends. The other places I was going to school so there was a lot of connection there. When I lived in Nigeria, I lived on a camp so there were always people to visit and the expat community reached out to each other. I was challenged when I lived in California until I started dancing. Then I had my community. When I lived in the Bay Area, I hated it. I was only going to be there six months so I didn’t try to make a lot of ties to the area. But once I knew I was going to stay, I moved to the city – Oakland – that is, got involved with a dance group and majic happened. I loved it. When I stayed in Southern California – same thing – I was only going to be there for six months so I hated it. No friends, no community, nothing that connected me to the area.
Theme: I have to commit to the area. I need an activity to connects me to people and expands my world view. I need to find ways to give back to the community so I feed that need for philanthropy.