Visiting the mountains of western North Carolina reminds me of living in New Hampshire. It’s funny how I can get so caught up in just one factor that I am blinded and cannot see all of the others. There are so many things to love about New Hampshire and I got so tired of being cold all the time that I turned it into a New Hampshire problem. In fact, I even used the words, “I hate New Hampshire.” But, then again, I was focused on being warm.
New Hampshire has so much to offer! First, it has the ocean – a definite must in my daily life. The ocean defines me – after all I am a Pisces! I love the rolling waves and the smell of the salt water and the feel of the sand beneath my feet. And, the ocean touches upon New Hampshire. Second, it has the mountains. And, the mountains are merely an hour north, not 6 hours west. It’s a very doable and pretty drive all in one day. The mountains offer parks and rivers and hikes (and for those who enjoy winter, which clearly I do not, they also offer skiing). Third, New Hampshire is in New England. Believe it or not, one can travel through all 6 New England states (and probably cross into New York as well) in one weekend adventure – see the pumpkin festival in Keene, NH and eat in downtown Burlington, VT, head to Freeport, ME for some shopping, zip into Boston, MA for a Red Sox game, gamble away some money at Foxwoods in CT, and finish off with a quick tour of the mansions in Newport, RI. Choose your path and spend the night in the middle, but all 6 states in one weekend!! New Hampshire also offers a quick and easy drive to my favorite place in the whole world – Cape Cod (but that’s another whole blog).
The best thing that New Hampshire has to offer me is family and friends. And, yes I did take this for granted. Sometimes we really don’t know what we have until it’s gone. I’m not saying I made a bad choice to leave – I’m just saying I didn’t really know what I had to begin with. Isn’t it funny that Dorothy learned that same lesson and yet, as many hundreds of times I’ve watched the Wizard of Oz, I never really got the point – I had to experience it for myself.
Yet now I’m torn. I really love North Carolina and it has so many things to offer as well. It has ocean and mountains and quick travel to Myrtle Beach, SC. I live in a house on a lake. I have a job that I love. And yet, the holes are there. The pieces are missing – the pieces that are only in New Hampshire. So, how could I create a New Hampshire that I could live in?
Well, easier said than done. I am still not willing to be cold. So that means I need a warm house with heated floors and a roaring fire place and warm cozy clothes that can be worn both at home and at work. Maybe I need a job that can happen at home. I need someone to deliver my groceries so I don’t have to leave the house in the winter. I don’t know. I’m not sure it will work, so how do I find the best of both worlds?
YUP, that is the real question. How can I make it work to be in North Carolina during part of the year and New Hampshire the other part of the year? There’s my new challenge!