Socially Distant, E1: Living in Rockford

In December of 2000, I moved to Rockford, Illinois and for the next five and half years I thought about leaving.  Almost daily.  Eventually, I did, but not before I had a handful of experiences that affected me in different ways.  Here I briefly share some of them.  While I appreciate the lessons and friendships, I won’t ever miss living there.  Moreover, I don’t understand how people (who have a choice) resign themselves to staying somewhere they don’t like when there are so many other better places you can build a life for yourself.  Don’t complain.  Act.  I’m glad that I moved on, but some experiences you don’t soon forget.

Image source: “Rockford again makes ‘worst cities’ list” from the Rockford Register Star.

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