**A post I never hit publish on, so it is delayed! But still applicable.
This past Friday I went to the DMV and finally got my Tennessee Driver's License. It took me 363 days to do this, but on Friday photos were taken, minutes were wasted waiting, and my identity was now officially as a Tennessee resident.
I didn't think I'd be here forever, so I was putting this arduous task off for as long as I can. But after a year of living in Nashville, I can full heartedly say, this is the first time that I am not thinking about what's next.
We go through high school wondering where we will go to college, then we go through college wondering where we're going after college, I went through graduate school where I wondered what was after that, and so on. We have family, relationships, friendships, and more that affect all of these things. It is not uncommon for my generation to wonder when they will buy a house, get married, have children, buy a dog, etc.
Having this conversation with my good friend last week, I realized this is the first time I am not concerned about any of that. I'm like, really good with the present. While I still struggle personally with certain things, for the first time, I'm not wondering where I am going next. I love where I live, I love my job, I love my community here, and I'm content. The other things that will come when they come, I'm not worried about it. While I miss my close friends and family often, I am fortunate to be able to see them often through quick plane rides and because everyone wants to visit Nashville!
One of the biggest lessons I've learned this past year in Nashville? Embrace the present; it's good stuff. It's where we can reflect, it's where we can connect, it's where we could heal....it's everything. Continuously learning to be present has saved me.
So...here's to a year of saying "y'all", learning SEC culture, seeing celebrities in Whole Foods, eating too much hot chicken, drinking the best coffee, and being a resident of the 615.