42% of DC residents leave the city for the holidays. Living in a city of the transient, I feel undeniably ungrounded (but I am working on it).
The past few months have been take off and landing, bad airport sandwiches, and an inextricable feeling of running in place. While I have loved every second of it, my time to travel might be coming to a close for a while. I want to sink into the mud of my city and discover what I can create here.
A friend came to visit this weekend and we walked around the monuments for hours in the unusual 70 degree weather. I discovered so much this weekend – a new brewery, a fish market under a highway that steamed the freshest clams I’ve ever eaten, and a newfound feeling of permanence looking out over the city from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. Watching a protest against the supposedly rigged South Korean election, an evangelist shouting against the commercialization of Christmas, and a Santa, snowmen, and elves taking pictures with children all taking place below, I was struck by the feeling of being in the center of the political universe. Where else could those three things be happening at once? How can I make the most of where I have landed for this next undetermined amount of time?
As 2014 looms ahead, I can truly say that I have given this past year a good run. I’ve graduated from college, helped sign up hundreds of people to be potential bone marrow donors, built some of the deepest relationships I’ve ever been a part of, moved across the country, and have started rooting in a new city, all done with good beer and laughter along the way. In the darkness of the end of December, there is a glimmer of hope and light ahead for all that will be done and created in the year ahead.