What I’ve Learned About Seattle

Seattle. I fell in love with you five years ago and what a journey we have been on these past five years. It is a bit crazy to look back on some of my original posts about Seattle. So much of what I wrote then still rings true, but so much has also changed. My love for Seattle has changed and evolved over the years and gone through many stages.

When I moved to Seattle in 2017 I had spent just over two years idolizing the city. The first time I visited Seattle, I completely fell in love. I visited during Seattle’s peak weather and had the most amazing time. I saw some of the best parts of the city, visited some of the best tourist attractions and ate at some of the yummiest restaurants. It was the first time I visited a place and felt an automatic connection to it. I had this overwhelming feeling that Seattle was the place I was supposed to be.

But life rarely works out exactly how we expect and this was no exception. Instead of Seattle, I ended up in Memphis. Living in Memphis turned out to be a great experience that taught me so much, but Seattle was always on my mind. I visited Seattle a few times while I was living there. Each visit made me fall more and more in love with the city. I realized more and more with each visit that Seattle was the place I was supposed to be.

When I finally got the opportunity to move here, it was surreal. It was like this thing I had imagined, idolized and day dreamt about was finally coming to fruition. There was so much to do and many a things that went wrong during the move, but it was finally happening. My excitement was palpable.

I finally got here and a turbulent year followed. While I still had the feeling I was meant to be in Seattle and many good things did happen, I would be lying if I said I never doubted my decision to move to Seattle. Eventually things got better and I had the best year of my life.

The few years I have been living here have been a wild ride that I will never take for granted. These few years have taught me a lot about myself, life and Seattle. The reasons I love Seattle have changed a lot since my first visit. While at first I loved the surface level things like coffee or the food, my love runs a bit deeper now.

Recently I read a post from back in 2016 about why I love Seattle and while all of those things do still ring true, it was a bit funny for me to read. I talked about coffee, restaurants, and the things to do. It struck me how superficial this list seems to me know. While a few of those things and would still make the list, and a couple new ones that would seem equally superficial, there are reasons that I love Seattle now that feel so much more personal and feel more “real.”

The Seasons. One thing I didn’t realize when I first moved here, is that Seattle has real seasons (even if they are slightly different months than other places). We have a real spring, summer, fall and winter. We have beautiful flowers, moderate weather, with occasional showers in spring. We have warm weather with clear skies in summer. Brisk mornings and magical leaves in fall. And chilly weather, with the occasional snow in winter. The one thing I didn’t quite expect, was the extend winter and short summer. I have to admit, that even though the summer is short it makes up for all of the grey months the rest of the year. The weather is perfect everyday, people are in the highest of spirits and there are endless outdoor activities.

The People. Most of the time when you are reading about the people in Seattle, you are reading about “the freeze.” If you are not familiar, it is basically the argument that everyone in Seattle is cold and unfriendly (I am paraphrasing, but this is the synopsis). While I can understand this, my experience doesn’t completely match it. I understand that maybe becoming best friends with the random person you meet at a restaurant may be difficult, but I think that would happen any where. In my experience, if you take advantage of any opportunities you have to meet people, good things will happen. And once you do make those friends, they will be tight knit and love you fiercely.

The Tight Knit Community. After I started dating my husband who is from the area, I began to realize just how much the Seattle area has changed in the last 20 years or so. I love hearing his mom and dad tell stories about their childhoods. About the huge developments that used to orchards, the old ferry from Seattle to the Eastside and so much more. One thing I love is to see how all of these families that have lived in the area are still friends with each other and see each other all the time. It is so refreshing to see a community that has stayed together despite growth. It also makes me excited to look back on all of our friendships in 20 years.

In all, my love for Seattle has only grown over the past few years. I am so thankful for the place I live and it is hard to imagine living somewhere else. Until next time friends… CML

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