For those who don’t know, I currently live in Lexington, KY, and I am from Nashville, TN.
Before leaving Nashville for Lexington, I never thought I would miss Nashville as much as I do. People told me I would miss Nashville, but I didn’t believe them. Growing up, I always wanted to get out and explore different cities because I knew there was so much more out there than what Nashville had to offer.
I went home for 10 days for Christmas, and I got to see all of my friends and family, I ate at almost all of my favorite restaurants, and I even got to discover a couple new places. One of the things I love about Nashville is it feels like it is changing daily. There is always a new restaurant opening, and a new area of town you just have to explore. It’s amazing.
The drive back to Lexington is always the hardest because I already feel like I am missing out on so much. I start missing my friends and my family and my room…it becomes a bit overwhelming. It is especially hard to go back to Lexington after I spend such a long time at home (Nashville). On this last drive back to Lexington I realized I have been a Kentuckian for 5 years….seriously where has the time gone. In some ways it doesn’t feel like 5 years, but in another way it feels like it has been 10 years.
Over the past year or so I have grown to like Lexington a little bit more because I have found a couple of people I can truly be myself around. For the first couple of years in Lexington, I felt so alone (with the exception of Walter, my now husband) because I didn’t have a group of friends I could easily lean on. In a way I felt like I was forcing myself into friendships and never really found people I truly clicked with. I’m not saying I didn’t like the people I hung out with, but I always felt like something was missing.
The only way I have learned how to deal with being homesick is to keep myself busy here in Lexington, which can often be a challenge. I like to make dinner or coffee dates with friends, and it really helps a lot. Another thing that helps (but not during this time of year) is to go hiking. One of the nice things about where I live is it is close to Daniel Boone National Forest so there are a lot of trails to explore during the Spring-Fall months. Something I need to do, and it is one of my New Year resolutions is to read more. Reading definitely helps keep my mind off of being homesick…I just need to get better at it.
Anyways, I hope you found this somewhat interesting, and let me know in the comments if you have any advice to help with homesickness.
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