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.
So, I know I’ve had some time off recently, though not really planned. But this weekend marks the start of an actual vacation! One that I’ve planned and saved for! One that I’m very excited for!
Saturday after work, M and I will be driving 6 hours up to Minneapolis, MN. We’ll spend four days bumming around my old stomping grounds. Sunday, we’re going to the Renaissance Festival with a couple of friends of mine. No real solid plans outside of that. We do want to hit the Mall of America and I’m thinking also Walker Art Center and the sculpture garden.
Then, we come home and work for two days before tripping up to Wisconsin for the weekend for my cousin’s wedding. It’ll be nice for M to finally meet a lot of my extended family. I just met his this past Sunday at a family barbecue.
It’ll just be a nice, much-needed break from the routine of everything. I’ll be able to see all my friends from MPLS and I’ll be able to see my family in WI. And I’ll have M with me the whole time!
Even with my days off and my new schedule where I’m working an earlier shift and subsequently getting off work earlier, I still wind up feeling overwhelmed by everything I’m trying to do. I’m hoping this vacation will relax my brain and help me get back in the mindset to tackle all my goals head-on. I’m hoping it will help me re-focus on what I really want to do and lose the things I’m doing just to do.
Sometimes you just get stuck in your own routine. And that’s exactly what vacations were made for. Step outside of the rut you’re wearing down for yourself in your daily path. Jump on to a trail less traveled. I know meeting up with my old friends will give me new purpose. John is such a brilliant artist and I’ve seen him take some great strides in his own career recently that make me want to follow his lead. And Jamie struggles with a lot of the same productivity/focus issues that I do. Lately, she’s been researching how to put her time to better use and her determination really inspires me. Being around those two is going to do me worlds of good.
I have some posts scheduled to go up while I’m gone, but I won’t be promising a weekly update this week (I’ll be in Minneapolis). And next week, I’m skipping the Pinterest Project in favor of my cousin’s wedding. But after that, I’ll be back with more ferocity than ever in terms of my commitment to producing quality content for this blog to make it everything I want it to become!