I’ve been in Eugene for almost six years in aiming to finish school. Though it is a nice small city and a rather vibrant town, it can certainly feel like you’re trapped in a bubble, especially if the only mode of transportation you own is a skateboard. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been feeling that stuck feeling lately. California’s been calling my name and I’m very much still on a mission to venture out the country. There’s a ski resort in Switzerland called Laax that’s top five on my snowboard bucket list.
In wanting to be someplace else, I lost sight of why I even came here in the first place. When I first came to Eugene to visit during the application process, I saw a lot of opportunity. Now, I see even more. Washington Jefferson skatepark built yet when I first moved here. Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor are still practically a stones throw away. The rebuilt rec center on campus might be one of the best I’ve ever been too. And there’s a trampoline place about 10–15m minutes away from here. With the foam practice snowboards they have, I can learn some new tricks once I’m back to full health. Part of the stuck feeling came from watching practically all of my friends move away too. Yesterday I caught up with one I hadn’t seen in a minute. He was one of the first people I met during freshman year and said that he’ll be here for another year.
One of the few times I’ve listened to my gut and followed my heart was when I decided to come here. I saw the opportunity to start living life the way I wanted to. Cali trips, world travel, all of it will come in due time.
So am I stuck? Nah. I’m right where I need to be.