Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicago found Me.

I started a new job Spring of 2008.
It actually wasn't a "job", after years of college... it was the first job that was a "career".
My first task?
To spend weeks in training in the Midwest.
I had tons of family in the Midwest but not the UPPER Midwest.
I was sent to Chicago for work.
I had never been.
I had no idea

This is the official first picture of me in Chicago.
(fresh off the plane- little did I know I was about to encounter a life-changing experience)

I started work the following Monday,
Instead, I arrived the prior Thursday, to spend two days of exploring with my little Brother.
I have traveled to many US cities.
None have touched me as much.

None have screamed to me as much as Chicago.
None have told me I NEED to be there.

I'm professional, thus- I won't go into why I can't go to Chicago now.
Because I can't. 

{My Bro and I on my first 'real' sight-seeing tour of Chicago at the Drake Hotel}

Twists of life have me here about a year more.
Just know- The Chicago fund is in place.
Just know - I will make it there.
Just know- I believe there's a reason that Chicago impacted me so much.
I had no idea when I had my picture taken at the airport.
No idea.
I will live there soon.

What unexpected twist of fate has lead you somewhere else?



Unknown said...

I cant wait til you actually get to go, ill be sooo excited for you!!!
and i have no doubt in my mind at all that you will make it there :)

Stevie said...

I think it's so awesome that you felt such a connection when you were there, and that you're doing whatever you can to get there.

I'm just curious, do you feel about the winters there? It's hard enough dealing with clouds and rain here in the Pacific NW, I'm not sure I could handle the freezing temps and all the snow.

But at least you could go visit Kevin McCallister's house whenever you wanted. Fellow Home Alone fans unite! :-)

Unknown said...

I know how much impact Chicago has on you.. I wish you be in Chicago soon :)

Anonymous said...

i sooo hope you end up there soon. i know you'll end up there, i just hope it is sooner than later :) chicago is special...that is for sure. my best friend lives there so when i was back in the US i was in chicago monthly (til my car was wrecked...busing it there was less appealing).

well a twist of fate landed me where i am now in norway. kind of wish he was from fiji or something on days when i walk outside and it is cold as hell :)

Elle Sees said...

i used to take a pic everyday, and one day i was in atlanta (about 2 hrs from where i used to live). i took a piv of this overpass. little did i know i'd be living in the apt complexes by that overpass in atlanta 2 years later.

erika sorocco said...

Sadly, I have yet to experience something like this; but I love the way you formed such a strong bond with a city. I hope someday to form that same type of connection with a location. :)

Slamdunk said...

We are cheering for you and your dream Miss Caitlin.

For me? Walking my dog and meeting my wife to be (who doesn't really like dogs), and then moving North a decade ago--with no intention of ever doing so.

Strange how things happen.

Jax said...

You sound very passionate about that town. I completely understand how you feel. I had a similiar experience with Boston.

It is possible to fall in love with a city, and we are proof! I hope you make it back there and it's the best experience of your life! :)

Bravoe Runway said...

I can't wait to meet you in person when you make it to Chicago Caitlin! In fact....I live right behind the Wrigley building in that pix with your brother! I've travelled to many cities for work and met some wonderful friends in Seattle!

happy hour 24/7 said...

i love your story and can totally understand! a day and a half in portland on memorial day weekend of 2002 was enough to sweep me off my feet. gave my notice in august. i was up on september 10th. started the new job on september 16th. i will be so excited for you when the day finally comes that you'll be off to chi town! i've been there so many times and i loved it each time!

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I been to Chi town so many times, the airport counts right? Um yeah...I need to get out more, I swear. I can't wait to read about your adventure in Chicago. Can I visit?


Tina said...

aww what an awesome post. who would've thought you'd get such a feeling? i wanna see i really felt that with san francisco... but i have a feeling im REALLY gonna feel it next week when we are back in chicago [and i KNOW my husband will. i just have this feeling he is gonna love it] lol im telling yoU! you move, i move! that way we aint lost together!!!

Anonymous said...

I loved this post! I'm so glad that you're holding onto your dream and taking steps to make it a reality.

I think several twists of fate have led me lots of places. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason isn't always positive, but may be to teach us a lesson.

For my hubby and I, we've learned that some career paths weren't meant to be and that family is the most important. I don't think we'll live where we live forever, but I'll just sit tight for now until fate leads me somewhere else. :)

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Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

I love your love for Chicago. It's inspiring. But as for me... I really don't know. There are more than one place that touched me in one way or another, but if I can imagine myself living in certain cities for a year or two, I don't yet know where I'd want to settle. I guess ideally I'd have about 5 apartments spread throughout the world and just hop from one to another lol But then again, for me home is not a place, it's a feeling and it's a person, so once I meet this person, things will most probably get easier with where to settle... At least for the time being lol On the second thought, maybe not!

J said...

you never know where life takes you! seems like chicago has treated you right!

Ashleigh said...

Just know - Chicago is waiting with open arms.

Seriously, when the time comes, if you need ANYTHING - I'm your girl.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

i am sure you will find your way there! :) chicago is a fun city.

Dirt On The Rocks said...

I love this post. It's really awesome when you are lead somewhere unexpected and it changes your life.

I feel the same way with this year. I felt that I was put into a relationship I wasn't really looking into, but I can say that it's been the best, healthiest relationship I've ever been in.

Life's a whirlwind.. we just need to be ready for changes!

Alison Kinsey said...

i love this post too, because i dig your sense of drive, and i KNOW you'll make it out there, and i know how much you're going to love it, and at the same i'm going to love reading about your adventures there! i felt those same strong feelings towards california - almost this pull that i was meant to be there. and it's led me there more than once! sometimes it takes a bit of planning and time and you'll feel so frustrated because you want to be there SO BAD, but once you get there, it'll be worth it!