Here's how you can tell what really matters to you in life ... what do you first grab when you feel an earthquake shake the house? Who or what do you try to save?
This time, I grabbed my cat, Blaze, and ran outside. Last time, it was my other cat, Boris. In both instances Husband and dog were left to their own devices.
Today is Easter, and we just felt a 7.1 quake with its epicenter about 150 miles away in Baja, California. A real Californian would not even flinch at the swinging chandelier and slight swaying of the ground outside.
But I am not a real Californian.
Yes, I have lived here for nine years. But given the choice, I'd take a tornado any day over an earthquake. At least with a twister the possibility of being swept away to Oz exists. The only place being swallowed up by the Earth leads to is ...
I don't want to think about it.
Everyone knows the big one is coming.
And yet ... I will not leave California.
Several years ago, the California state tourism board ran an ad campaign with the slogan "Find Yourself Here." It was a pretty cheesy campaign, but it still made me tear up every time I saw it.
Yes, this state has more than its share of problems: a bankrupt government, high unemployment, a crashed housing market, wildfires, horrendous traffic, a troubled education system, immigration issues, earthquakes ...
But we also have the best climate on Earth and something that matters even more: true diversity. (I'm referring to California as a whole, not just behind the Orange Curtain.) I think people are attracted to the state because no matter who you are, you really CAN "find yourself here."
That, of course, is one of this blog's goals -- my attempt to "find myself" in my post-lawyer life.
And I wouldn't try this anywhere else.
(Well, ask me again after the next quake hits ...)
What about you? What makes a place "home" for you? Is it simply the place you were born? Is it where your family lives? Or are you attracted to places for reasons others may find difficult to understand? What are the deal breakers for you in considering where to live? (E.g., earthquakes, climate, housing prices, other?)