Being in Minneapolis really brings me back to that time in my life. When I was still in school, mostly unemployed, going to shows all the time and hanging out with friends when I wasn’t at a concert.
Even though I was struggling with depression, I remember my time in Minneapolis fondly. In all honesty, if I hadn’t been living there when I was dealing with that particular episode, I don’t think I’d be where I am today with the disease. I started antidepressants while living in Minneapolis. Partly because of the people I met there.
Some of my best friends live up in the 612 area code. In fact, the person I commonly refer to as my platonic soul mate lives there. I’ve written about him before. His name is John Kargol and he is amazing. It was really great to see him and his lovely girlfriend Jamie, who is also a good friend of mine.
I also tend to thrive in a city setting. I do well when I can walk around a downtown and have everything I need within arm’s reach. One of my favorite things M and I did in Minneapolis was we went to a movie at a local theater. St. Anthony Main Theater, to be exact. We went to see Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on discount Tuesday. I really liked being able to make that choice on a whim, and then have something to do while we waited for the next showtime. M and I hung out by the river and went to a cafe I’d never been to before.
But the thing I think I miss the most about Minneapolis and my life there is that I feel like I had more of a purpose back then. I had a goal I was working towards. I don’t really feel like I have that anymore. Visiting what I consider my home town, I got that feeling back again. Like I have something to strive for. I don’t know what I’m working on yet, but it’s something. I need to focus on something.
Coming back home to Iowa, I need to find that something again.